No. 3 Ohio State routs Louisiana Monroe
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Lenzelle Smith, Jr. had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead third-ranked Ohio State to a 71-31 thumping of Louisiana-Monroe at Value City Arena.
LaQuinton Ross added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Amedeo Della Valle chipped in with 14 points off the bench for the Buckeyes (13-0), who have won 15 straight at home.
Ohio State will open up Big Ten play on Tuesday when it visits the Purdue Boilermakers.
Javon James led the Warhawks (3-5) with seven points. UL-Monroe shot an ice cold 18.5 percent (10-for-54) from the field.
The Buckeyes opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 25-4 after a Smith 3 at the 10:45 mark and Ohio State took a 41-20 lead into the break.
The Warhawks were held scoreless over the first 10:40 of the second half and were outscored 30-11 over the final 20 minutes.
Friday marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools ... OSU is off to its best start since the 2010-11 campaign when it started the season 24-0 and went on to lose to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 ... The Buckeyes' bench outscored ULM's starters by a 27-18 margin.
12/27 21:21:56 ET