Loving’s 20 points lead Ohio State past Minnesota

Published 9:21 am Thursday, December 31, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Marc Loving scored 20 points and JaQuan Lyle had 13 assists, and Ohio State pulled away from Minnesota for a 78-63 win on Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Keita Bates-Diop added 13 points and Jae’Sean Tate 10 for the Buckeyes, who are 9-5 with a five-game winning streak.

Carlos Morris scored 18 points, Jordan Murphy 11 and Nate Mason 10 for the Golden Gophers (6-7).

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Kam Williams came off the bench to score five points to spur a 21-5 Buckeyes run that turned a 45-44 lead into a 66-49 advantage with six minutes to play. Loving had five points and reserve center David Bell four points during the stretch.

Ohio State led 37-34 at the half after leading by as many as 16.

The Buckeyes had 24 assists, double their season average.