Ohio State Basketball Player: Kyle Young sets the tone

The Ohio State basketball team got off to a slow start first Towson at home on Wednesday night, had just secured a 33-32 advantage during halftime when Zed Key nailed a spin jump in the final seconds. The Buckeyes used a couple of big runs in the second half to create some breathing space and ultimately hold on to the 85-74 win. Kyle Young scored a season-high 18 and bounced twice. Here are some player scores as Ohio State improves to 7-2 with the Big Ten game approaching.

Kyle Young Player Rank: A-

18 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 3PFG, 4-6 FT), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 tackle, 1 steal

After setting a top-season record with 16 points in a win over Penn State over the weekend, Kyle Young put on another performance against the Tigers. He caught fire from the outer ring, knocked out a pair of 3-pointers, and connected in 6-7 attempts from the field for 18 points. EJ Liddell’s minutes were limited for the duration but Buckeyes was able to survive because Young and Key carried the offensive burden for so long.

Zed Main Player Rank: B +

13 points (5-6 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 3-4 FT), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 spin

Key scored the Buckeyes opener and played a very consistent opening half at both ends. The second center leads all scorers at halftime with 11 points on a perfect 5-5 shot from the field. He only managed to make one shot (which was a miss) in the second half but racked up nine rebounds and two blocks to preserve the paintwork. Chris Holtmann has to love what he’s getting from his big men this season, and Key’s maturity plays a big part in that.

EJ Liddell Player Rank: B-

15 points (3-6 FG, 1-4 3PFG, 8-8 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 tackle, 7 passes

Though hampered by an early foul, Liddell scored nine points, three rebounds and two assists in the first half. Part of the reason Towson has been able to hold out in this game is that the Buckeyes’ best player just couldn’t stay on the floor enough. He finished with 15 points from just six attempts but committed an alarming seven spins. Liddell couldn’t keep rolling at that pace with Wisconsin and Kentucky on the horizon.

Malaki Branham Player Rank: C +

9 points (3-8 FG, 1-2 3PFG, 2-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 transfers

Branham has progressed as a shot maker and lockback in recent weeks but failed to deliver much in the first half on Wednesday. He failed to score a goal after just three shots before reaching the line in the first minute of the second half, which seemed to help him catch the game. The transfer freshman helped build the engine that ran 12-2 to give Ohio State a 55-45 lead. He finished with nine points and five rebounds in a modest game.

The Ohio State basketball team wasn’t perfect in their win over Towson, but the lead team continued to lead. Justin Aherns could also come out of his shooting slump, scoring 16 points in 5-10 shots from outside the arc, including four 3-pointers after halftime.

Ohio State will return to court Saturday afternoon as enemies of the Wisconsin conference head to Columbus. The Buckeyes then get a week off before taking on Kentucky on December 18 in Las Vegas. Ohio State Basketball Player: Kyle Young sets the tone


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