Buckeyes never trail, coast by Air Force

Jae'Sean Tate and the Buckeyes cruised past Air Force to bring their record to 4-4.

Ohio State never trailed and was never really threatened, and when it comes to the Buckeyes, this was much more like it.

Marc Loving scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Buckeyes won their second straight, racing past visiting Air Force 74-50 on Tuesday.

The Buckeyes (4-4) have been playing better since losing to mid-major programs UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech at home. Following a four-game losing streak overall, they’ve handled VMI and now the Falcons.

Air Force (6-3) had won three straight entering the night.

“I liked the fact, starting with the defense in the first half, we really did the job we were supposed to do,” Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. “The offense that Air Force runs is (based on) timing. You get like a flow to it, and I thought our guys did a pretty good job of being disruptive.”

JaQuan Lyle added 12 points for OSU and Jae’Sean Tate scored 11.

The Falcons were led by Trevor Lyles’ 13 points.

Ohio State returns to action Saturday at Connecticut. Tip-off is scheduled for noon EST.

— Sam Amico

BOX SCORE: Ohio State 74, Air Force 50