Recap: Ohio State vs. North Florida
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Amir Williams had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead seventh-ranked Ohio State past North Florida, 99-64, on Friday.
LaQuinton Ross added 17 points and eight rebounds and Aaron Craft poured in 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field for the Buckeyes (6-0) who will host Maryland on Dec. 4.
"I think when guys see other guys make shots it boosts everyone's confidence," Smith said. "That thinking catches on fire and guys start swinging the ball, getting wide-open shots. Everybody has a little Coach Matta in them saying you better not miss this shot."
Dallas Moore and Beau Beech scored 14 points apiece and Charles McRoy finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Ospreys (4-4), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"With Thanksgiving yesterday we had the opportunity to go over to Coach's [Matta's] house - I'd like to drug test the turkeys and see what he put in them. This is the best they've shot all year long. Unfortunately, we helped them get to that point," said North Florida coach Matthew Driscoll.
Ohio State started its domination early. With the score tied 6-6, Lenzelle Smith canned a trey to spark an 18-0 run to put the Buckeyes on top 24-6.
The Ospreys cut their deficit in half following a Chris Davenport 3-pointer at the 10:57 mark, but the Buckeyes kept their foot on the pedal and led 37-23 with just under four minutes remaining in the first half. OSU closed the half on an 11-6 run to take a 48-29 lead into the break.
Ross' 3-pointer just under four minutes in gave the Buckeyes a 59-31 lead and they never looked back.Game Notes
Smith finished with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists ... Amedeo Della
Valle scored 17 points off the bench for Ohio State ... The Buckeyes shot 69.2
percent from the field and were 14-for-23 from 3-point range ... North Florida
had 18 turnovers.