COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — JaQuan Lyle scored 20 points and Jae’Sean Tate added 14 as Ohio State beat Providence 72-67 on Thursday night.
Ohio State (3-0) looked more energized after barely surviving North Carolina Central earlier in the week and won the game despite the efforts of Rodney Bullock, who was 5 for 9 from beyond the 3-point line and scored 27 points for Providence (1-1).
Trevor Thompson added 12 points for the Buckeyes in their opener of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an eight-game series featuring Big Ten teams against the Big East.
Indiana transfer Emmitt Holt scored 11 for Providence, and Jalen Lindsey booked 10 as the Friars as a team shot just 34 percent from the floor. The Buckeyes made exactly half their shots.
Providence, searching for an identity this season after the loss of its two best players to the NBA, couldn’t overcome the Ohio State lead but was still in the game in the final few minutes.