OSU beats Santa Clara in Emerald Coast Classic title game


DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Jamison Battle scored 21 points and Ohio State beat Santa Clara 86-56 in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday night in a game it never trailed.

Bruce Thornton scored 13 points and reserves Dale Bonner and Zed Key scored 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Buckeyes (5-1) shot 52.4-percent (33 for 63), including 46.4-percent(13 for 28) from 3-point range.

Adama Bal, who scored a career-high 25 points in an 88-82 win the night before against Oregon, scored 13 points on 4-for-13 shooting for the Broncos (6-1).

Carlos Marshall Jr. and reserve Tyeree Bryan each scored 10 points.

Battle made a 3-pointer with 9:18 left in the first half to make it 24-11, before the Broncos went on an 11-4 run in the next five minutes — and drew to within 28-22 when Jake Ensminger made a 3 with 4:43 remaining before the half.

Ohio State led 34-26 at intermission, before breaking it open in the first five minutes of the second half and led 48-31.

The lead reached more than 30 when Scotty Middleton made a 3 with 2:29 remaining.

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