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Liddell helps No. 19 Ohio State breeze past IUPUI 83-37

Ohio State's E.J. Liddell, right, shoots as IUPUI's Jonah Carrasco defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — E.J. Liddell had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 19 Ohio State never trailed in its 83-37 win over IUPUI on Tuesday night.

Liddell extended his streak of double-figure scoring to 27 games and recorded his third double-double this season.

The Buckeyes (12-4) jumped ahead 9-0 early, but the Jaguars (1-15) hung tough the rest of the first half. Ohio State led 37-24 at halftime.

The game quickly got out of hand after the break. Ohio State used a 24-6 run to push ahead 61-30, and the Buckeyes closed the game on a 19-0 run.

IUPUI shot 47.4% in the first half but 19% in the second, while Ohio State shot 66.7% after halftime and 57% for the game.

Eugene Brown III scored a career-high 14 points for the Buckeyes. He shot 4 of 6 and made five free throws.

Bakari LaStrap led the Jaguars with 12 points.

BIG PICTURE

IUPUI: The Jaguars committed 21 turnovers, tying the third most they’ve allowed this season. Ohio State capitalized for 31 points off those giveaways.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes improved at the 3-point line after shooting worse than 25% in their last two games. They shot 48% from beyond the arc, their second best mark of the season.

UP NEXT

IUPUI: Hosts Wright State on Thursday.

Ohio State: Hosts Nebraska on Saturday.