COLUMBUS, Ohio --- Tennessee State battled Big 10 Conference member Ohio State, but the host Buckeyes used a commanding rebounding edge to key the way to a 94-73 win over the Tigers Saturday afternoon.
The Buckeyes held a 48-22 rebounding advantage over the Tigers. Ohio State also went to the free throw line often, finishing the game connecting on 12-23 after starting the contest by hitting 10 consecutive chances.
TSU held a 9-8 lead three minutes into the contest before OSU began a 14-2 run to take a 22-11 lead at the 8:04 mark of the first half. The Buckeyes led 42-23 at halftime and led by more than 20 minutes during the entire second half.
The Tigers were led in scoring by junior guard Brandon Lockridge who scored 18 points, all on 3-point field goals in the second half. Garrett Richardson scored 15 and Roshaun Bowens came off the bench to tally 14. TSU got 43 of its points off the bench.
The Tigers were led by assistant coach Hosea Lewis. Head coach Nolan Richardson, III was suspended indefinitely as announced Friday by TSU athletics director Teresa Phillips for violation of an undisclosed university policy.
?We wanted to come out with energy and establish a flow, but the offense stalled on us in the first half,? said Lewis. ?OSU is a fine team with a lot of tradition.?
OSU was ked by Sean Connolly's 25 points while Brent Darby scored 19.
TSU will continue its challenging road trip with a game at Kentucky Monday night.