Ohio State continues win streak, handles Miami (Ohio)

Roddy Gayle Jr. led six Ohio State scorers in double figures with 15 points, and the host Buckeyes defeated Miami (Ohio) 84-64 in Columbus on Wednesday for their seventh straight win.Ohio State (8-1) is off to its best start since winning 11 of its first 12 in the 2019-20 season.The Buckeyes haven’t lost since a 73-66 defeat to then-No. 15 Texas A&M on Nov. 10 in the second game. The streak includes a victory over then-No. 17 Alabama, 92-81, two weeks later.Bruce Thornton scored 14, Jamison Battle and Zed Key 13, Dale Bonner 11 and Evan Mahaffey 10 for the Buckeyes.Darweshi Hunter topped the RedHawks (4-4) with 15 points, and Ryan Mabrey added 13. They had won their previous two games.The Buckeyes were opportunistic in taking a 39-26 halftime lead after they outscored the RedHawks 18-9 over the final nine minutes.Ohio State had 16 points from nine Miami turnovers, while the RedHawks got nothing from the two Buckeye miscues in the opening half.Miami also lost the battle of the boards in the first half, as the Buckeyes grabbed 11 offensive rebounds that resulted in 15 second-chance points.