Ohio State outscored Charleston Southern from start to finish in an 82-56 demolition

Ohio State outscored Charleston Southern from start to finish in an 82-56 demolition

Charleston Southern scored its first points of the evening Thursday at the Schottenstein Center. But once Ohio State got on the board 42 seconds later, the Buccaneers never sniffed the lead again.

Make it two wins in four days for the Buckeyes, who continued their strong start to the new season by taking care of business against Charleston Southern in their second non-conference matchup of the season.

the team



the final

Ohio State 46 36 82

Charleston Southern




Ohio State didn’t let up after an early onslaught that saw the Buccaneers go on a 23-4 run following the game’s opening bucket. Much of the work was done by Jade Key, who led the way with 17 points and 13 boards — 13 and 10 in the first half alone — during the 82-56 win.

The Buckeyes have gotten off to relatively slow starts in their showings against Chaminade and Monday’s season opener, but Key and company made sure that wasn’t the case Thursday. Ohio State took a 24-point lead into halftime and things didn’t get much better for the Buccaneers after that.

Led by Key, Justice Swing, Sean McNeil and Bryce Sensabaugh finished with big nights of their own, scoring 38 points as all three hit double-digit scoring totals before the final buzzer sounded.

first half

Set the tone inside the key quickly. The third-year center scored Ohio State’s first six points of the game, including two dunks, and dished to Sean McNeil for a 3-pointer that was part of an 11-0 run in the first timeout.

Ohio State


the south




31-60 (51.7%)


22-65 (33.8%)

4-15 (26.7%)

3PM-3PA (PCT.)

5-22 (22.7%)

16-18 (88.9%)


7-10 (70%)





Total rebounds



Offensive rebounds



Defensive rebounds



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by stealing





Scored six different left field goals during a five-and-a-half-minute stretch midway through the first half in which Ohio State outscored Charleston Southern 17-1 to take a 23-point lead with 8:07 to play in the first period.

Key repeatedly pressured the Buccaneers on the offensive glass and finished the half with 13 points and 10 boards. Ohio State scored 12 second-chance points to just four from Charleston Southern, and the Buckeyes held a 26-10 edge in the paint.

The Buccaneers made just one of their last eight shots to end the half with a 46-22 deficit and converted just 29% of their field-goal attempts. Charleston Southern connected on just one of its 11 3-point attempts.

On the other side, Ohio State shot 51.6%, outrebounded Charleston Southern 25-14 and got to the free-throw line six more times.

In the second half

Two more key dunks were part of a 13-5 stretch to open the final frame for Ohio State, which mounted a 59-27 lead by the 15:16 mark. But Charleston Southern then chipped away at the Buckeye advantage.

The Buccaneers went on a 7-0 run 90 seconds in, and after Felix Okpara finished it off for Ohio State, Charleston Southern answered immediately with an inside basket of its own.

At that point, though, it was too little too late for Charleston Southern to attempt a true comeback. Ohio State rode the tide despite an improved half of play from its opponent and cruised to victory.

McNeil did most of his work in the second half, scoring seven points on 3-for-5 shooting, and Roddy Gayle came alive off the bench to score seven of his nine points after the break.

Game notes

  • Junior guard Eugene Brown (concussion) missed his second straight game.

  • Walk-on guard Colby Baumann (ankle) was in a walking boot after suffering a late injury in the season opener.

  • Thursday’s matchup was the first between Ohio State and Charleston Southern on the basketball court.

  • Chris Holtman went 4-2 against Charleston Southern while serving as the head coach at Gardner-Webb in the Big South from 2010-13.

  • Bruce Thornton, Sean McNeil, Isaac Likekel, Justice Swing and Jade Key made up the starting five for the Buckeyes for the second straight game.

  • Tanner Holden, Bryce Sensabaugh and Roddy Gayle were the first players off the Ohio State bench.

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