Lewis leads Ohio State over Loyola
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Ron Lewis posted 27 points and 11 rebounds, as
the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes downed the Loyola- Chicago Ramblers,
87-75, in the second round of the BCA Classic in Columbus.
The Buckeyes will face Kent State, which topped IUPUI 81-74 earlier Saturday,
for the championship on Sunday.
Daequan Cook scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Ohio State (2-0),
which took care of business on Friday with a 107-69 romp over VMI. Ivan Harris
added 11 points in Saturday’s win.
Blake Schilb scored 19 points for Loyola-Chicago (1-1), which got the season
started in style Friday with a 68-57 decision over Princeton. J.R. Blount
netted 15 points and Leon Young contributed 12 points and eight rebounds in
Majak Kou, who was forced to sit out the opener against Princeton because of a
one-game suspension stemming from participation in a summer league, netted 11
OSU gained an early advantage courtesy of a 16-4 run capped by a Jamar Butler
free throw with 6:46 remaining in the first half, and attained a 44-29
Loyola made a push down the second-half stretch with a 12-2 spurt capped by a
three-pointer by Schilb for a 10-point deficit with 2:31 remaining. However,
OSU regained control in the final two minutes to avoid the upset.
OSU committed 16 turnovers compared to 14 by Loyola-Chicago. However, the
Buckeyes outran the Ramblers 13-6 in fast-break points.
The Buckeyes have been tabbed the favorites to win the Big Ten Conference, and
Thad Matta has now directed the program to a 33-3 home record since taking
over…Ohio State holds a 4-0 series lead over Loyola-Chicago, and the teams
hadn’t met since 1961.