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Buckeyes move to 2-0; North Carolina up next

Kenny Greer

Evan Turner continued to dominate as the Ohio State men’s basketball team rolled to a 72-44 victory over James Madison University Thursday night.

 

After an impressive performance in their first regular-season game, the Buckeyes allowed the JMU Dukes to keep the score close throughout the first half of their second-round matchup in the 2K Sports Classic tournament, before pulling away in the second act.

 

Back-to-back three-point shots by Jon Diebler and David Lighty with just over two minutes gone in the second half injected life into the Buckeyes and they never looked back.

 

Center Dallas Lauderdale saw his first action of the season when he entered the game midway through the first half, and made his presence felt immediately with a thunderous two-handed dunk. He followed it up with a blocked shot moments later to the applause of the Buckeye faithful who were happy to have him back.

 

Turner, fresh off of his triple-double performance against Alcorn State, had another huge night. He finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds and showed once again why he was chosen to the Preseason All-Big Ten team.

 

David Lighty also contributed with 14 points, two of which came on an acrobatic reverse lay-up in which he was fouled hard.

 

Next up for the Buckeyes are the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 

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