Awaken Ohio State basketball fans, because the hoops season on the banks of the Olentangy is almost here, even though the football team is still dominating on the gridiron. The hype has already begun with Big Ten basketball media days taking place. To further build anticipation, the men’s team recently participated in an exhibition charity event against the Dayton Flyers.
This was the first opportunity for fans to see the team in action, including the new additions, and the Buckeyes came out victorious with a final score of 78-70.
Although it wasn’t an official game, the event closely resembled one. The final score was displayed, but the stats in the box score didn’t count, and players couldn’t foul out in the sold-out UD Arena.
But let’s get back to the game. It provided valuable insights into the Buckeyes’ performance, considering the large number of newcomers. The contest remained close throughout, with OSU holding a slim three-point lead at halftime. However, the team extended their advantage in the late stages to secure a relatively comfortable win.
All 11 available scholarship players were given playing time. Bruce Thorton stood out with an impressive 21-point performance, while Jamison Battle, a transfer from Minnesota, showcased his scoring ability with 15 points. Roddy Gayle also contributed to the double figures with 12 points.
The game was held in support of mental health and was aptly named “Take Hope to the Hoop.” The event reportedly raised over $500,000 for mental health initiatives.
Now that’s a cause deserving of a televised (ESPN+) exhibition, wouldn’t you agree?
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