Greetings Hoops fans, this is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast with a post-game review of the Ohio State Buckeyes victory over the Northeastern Huskies on Sunday, November 19 by the score of 80 – 55 … and all I can say is “WOW!”. Ohio State played great – especially in the first half – and when that first half was over, it was Ohio State 47 Northeastern 17. WOW! I can’t remember a better first half for Ohio State basketball since the 1960 National Championship game.

The Northeastern basketball team was not and is not a cupcake. They played Stanford just two days earlier in Palo Alto, and closed to within two in the second half. So, there was no advance notice that Ohio State would dominate Northeastern so easily this game … especially with Ohio State struggling against Texas Southern in our last game.

The game started with Northeastern controlling the tip, but Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate scored the first basket on a fast break. Jae’Sean scored the next basket for the Buckeyes on a drive, and then, a minute later, after a nice steal on a lob pass by Mussa Jallow, Jae’Sean scored again in transition – If it sounds like the Jae’Sean Tate show early, it was. Jae’Sean Tate completely dominated the first 5 minutes of the game. With 14:23 left in the first half, Northeastern called a time out with the score Ohio State 15, Northeastern 2 – Jae’Sean Tate had 11 points on 5 for 5 shooting. In fact, Jae’Sean did not miss a shot all game finishing 10 for 10 and with 24 points – his highest ever as a Buckeye – and all his points were on drives and points in the paint. Wow! All of the Northeastern guards and forwards were between 6-4 and 6-6 in height, so this was Jae’Sean playing against his physical equals, and he dominated.

It was great to watch this Buckeye team playing so well – at the 11:20 mark, there was a loose ball, and the Buckeyes fought for it and won it – resulting in a slam dunk by Keita Bates Diop on a fast break. 2 minutes later, around the 9:20 mark, Kaleb Wesson showed remarkable speed for a big man as he lead a fast break and finished with a slam dunk. It was impressive. Ohio State 25 – Northeastern 9.

A minute later, Keita Bates Diop hit a three – he looks real solid and confident in taking these shots. If he’s open, he’s shooting which is good …the Buckeyes will need his scoring ability all season long.

Just before halftime, Jae’Sean Tate scored underneath to extend Ohio State’s lead to 47-17 … a 30-point lead at halftime. WOW!

However, Ohio State was only 1 of 6 on 3’s … there’s still work to do here. Coming up, I’ll talk about the play in the second half.

In the second half, Ohio State scored first on an offensive rebound by Mussa Jallow and dominated the first 4 minutes. Keita Bates Diop hit his second 3, and at the 15:52 mark, it was Ohio State 56 – Northeastern 22 … the lead had been built to 34. Ohio State’s second team played most of the second half, and Northeastern pulled to within 22 points with about 8 minutes to play. But Buckeye Coach Chris Holtmann re-inserted the starting lineup for a few minutes and Northeastern could pull no closer. With about a minute left, Kyle Young made a nice basket underneath that showed his physical strength. At 6’8 and 200 pounds, he could be the true forward that Ohio State needs when it gets physical on the road in the Big Ten and against tougher opponents, like our next game against Gonzaga coming up on Thanksgiving night at Midnight Columbus time. My next podcast features a preview of that upcoming game.

The final stats showed Jae’Sean Tate with 24 points, Keita Bates Diop with 19, which included shooting 2 of 5 on three –point shots. Other that Keita, Ohio State was 1 for 10 on its 3’s … still some work here. CJ Jackson had 3 assists, including some great passes, and scored 10. Kaleb Wesson scored 12 coming of the bench. Final Score: Ohio State 80, Northeastern 55.

This is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast. Goodbye and Go Bucks!