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OSU cruises past IUPUI

Ohio State's E.J. Liddell, right, shoots as IUPUI's Jonah Carrasco defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — E.J. Liddell had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 19 Ohio State never trailed in its 83-37 win over IUPUI on Tuesday night.

Liddell extended his streak of double-figure scoring to 27 games and recorded his third double-double this season.

The Buckeyes (12-4) jumped ahead 9-0 early, but the Jaguars (1-15) hung tough the rest of the first half. Ohio State led 37-24 at halftime.

The game quickly got out of hand after the break. Ohio State used a 24-6 run to push ahead 61-30, and the Buckeyes closed the game on a 19-0 run.

IUPUI shot 47.4 percent in the first half but 19 percent in the second, while Ohio State shot 66.7 percent after halftime and 57 percent for the game.

Eugene Brown III scored a career-high 14 points for the Buckeyes. He shot 4 of 6 and made five free throws.

Bakari LaStrap led the Jaguars with 12 points.

BIG PICTURE

IUPUI: The Jaguars committed 21 turnovers, tying the third most they’ve allowed this season. Ohio State capitalized for 31 points off those giveaways.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes improved at the 3-point line after shooting worse than 25 percent in their last two games. They shot 48 percent from beyond the arc, their second best mark of the season.

UP NEXT

IUPUI: Hosts Wright State on Thursday.

Ohio State: Hosts Nebraska on Saturday.

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