COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State wasted no time staking its claim as the team to beat in the Big Ten.
Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15, and No. 16 Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-59 on Sunday night in the conference opener for both teams.
C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow each added 11 points, and Duane Washington Jr., and Kyle Young had 10 apiece to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-1.
“I’m proud of our guys’ effort tonight against a really good Minnesota team,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “I do think we benefited from the fact that they probably had some tired legs from Friday night. But take nothing away from our guys’ approach. Our defense set the tone.”
Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. is 15 of 34 from 3-point range in eight games.
Minnesota senior forward Jordan Murphy is just one point away from 1,400 points to go with 1,000 rebounds in his career, which would make him the 11th player in Big Ten history to that milestone.
The Buckeyes played their first game without freshman guard Luther Muhammad in the lineup. He dislocated his shoulder against Syracuse and is out indefinitely. Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said Muhammad continues to rehab, and there is no timetable on his return. Muhammad is averaging 27.9 minutes and 8.9 points.
Minnesota: Hosts Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Ohio State: Faces Illinois at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night.
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