LAHAINA, Hawaii – Ohio State dominated both ends of the floor, taking down in-state foe Cincinnati, 81-53, on the second day of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tuesday evening.
Ohio State improves to 4-1 on the season while Cincinnati falls for the third-consecutive game and is now 3-3 on the year.
Who led the way
Junior Zed Key came just two rebounds shy of his fourth double-double, posting a season-high 19 points to go along with eight rebounds. He finished 8-of-11 from the floor, pacing the Buckeyes with 12, first-half points, and notching four offensive rebounds.
Freshman Bruce Thornton played arguably his best game of the season, tallying double digits for the second-straight game and finishing with a season-high 17 points. He proved to be the engine behind the offense in the second half, scoring 15 of his points on 5-of-7 shooting in the closing half.
Fellow freshman Brice Sensabaugh continued his torrid pace to start his Buckeye career. He notched double figures for the fifth-straight game, also finishing with 17 points on the night.
Stats that mattered
Turnovers – Ohio State controlled the pace of the game, committing a season-low six turnovers, while forcing the Bearcats into 14 miscues. More importantly, the Scarlet and Grey held a 24-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
Rebounds – The Buckeyes dominated the paint, holding a 42-29 advantage in rebounds, including pulling down 19 offensive boards, which led to 27 second-chance points. Key led the way with eight rebounds, while Isaac Likekele and Tanner Holden notched seven, apiece.
Fast Break Points – The Scarlet and Gray dictated the tempo throughout the contest. Facing a Bearcat squad that liked to run the floor, Ohio State didn’t allow a single fast-break basket in the entirety of the contest. In fact, neither side posted a point in transition by game’s end.
How it Happened
The Bearcats opened the game with their largest run of the first half, getting a pair of threes from Jeremiah Davenport. He knocked down his first two triples of the night, but Cincinnati would not hit another from deep through the opening 20 minutes.
The Buckeyes responded with their first big run of the half, going on an 11-2 stretch to take the advantage (13-10) in just four minutes of game time. In the run, Key totaled six points and assisted on a dunk by Justice Sueing, who tallied five in the swing. Ohio State bullied the Bearcats on…