Miami (3-8) had two players in double figures. Junior center L.J. Livingston came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points. He was 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 at the line, adding eight rebounds to his production as he came off the bench for 22 minutes of action. Junior guard Geovonie McKnight added 10 points, converting 4-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the stripe.
Sophomore guard Jaryd Eustace, meanwhile, scored nine points in 19 minutes – nearly double his previous playing time high as he works his way back from illness and injuries. All nine points came from distance and the sophomore made 3-of-8 trey attempts.
Miami attempted 26 threes, converting five (19.2%). They made 7-of-25 earlier in the week while defeating Longwood at home. Overall, MU connected on 21-of-34 (34.4%) from the field.
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“Our biggest key was taking out our anger from the North Carolina game on our next opponent, and unfortunately for them, it had to be Miami of Ohio,” Williams said.
“The intensity started with us coaches, and it trickled down to them” OSU head coach Thad Motta said.
The Buckeyes (10-2, 9-0 at home) were good on 36-of-66 (54.5%) overall and 9-of-22 (40.9%) beyond the arc. Ironically, they hit 12-of-22 at the line to match their overall field goal percentage on the night.
A 17-0 Buckeye run in the middle of the first half put the home team in command with a 34-7 lead at the 8:05 mark.
Junior guard Willie Moore contributed all six of his first half points and point-man Eric Washington chipped in five during a 15-2 RedHawk run, but when OSU closed with a 10-2 surge, the Buckeyes took a 46-24 advantage to the locker room.
After a Livingston layup 15 seconds into the final stanza, Ohio State scored 11 unanswered points. Miami came back with an 11-4 spurt, with nine of the points coming from Livingston, but OSU maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
Miami returns to action facing another Columbus team Monday, Dec. 29. This time the opponent is Capital, and this time the venue is Millett Hall in Oxford. Game time is 7 p.m.