Young, Ahrens lead No. 21 Ohio State past Towson 85-74


By Jacob Benge - Associated Press



Ohio State's Justin Ahrens, left, shoots over Towson's Nicolas Timberlake during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State's Justin Ahrens, left, shoots over Towson's Nicolas Timberlake during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


Towson's Nicolas Timberlake, left, tries to dribble past Ohio State's Malaki Branham during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


Ohio State's Jamari Wheeler, right, tries to dribble past Towson's Charles Thompson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kyle Young scored 18 points, Justin Ahrens had 16 points on five 3-pointers and No. 21 Ohio State held off Towson 85-74 on Wednesday night.

E.J. Liddell made all eight of his free throws and scored 15 points for Ohio State (7-2), and Zed Key added 13 points for the Buckeyes, who have beaten two unranked opponents since knocking off then-No. 1 Duke last week.

It was a strong shooting night all around for Ohio State, which shot 57.4% from the field, 43.5% from 3-point range and 84% from the free-throw line. Young went 6 of 7 from the field and Key was 5 for 6. The Buckeyes made six of their final seven shots.

Jason Gibson scored 19 points to lead Towson (6-4), which never completely fell out of the game.

The score was tied 43-all with 16:29 remaining before Ohio State went on a 12-2 run. The Buckeyes were in the double bonus for the remaining 7:27 and kept the Tigers at bay with free-throw shooting.

BIG PICTURE

Towson: The Tigers’ three-game winning streak was snapped. Towson made two field goals in the final four minutes and committed 24 fouls, including 17 in the second half.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ efficient shooting was offset somewhat by turnovers. They finished with 13.

UP NEXT

Towson: At Baltimore-area rival Coppin State on Saturday.

Ohio State: Hosts No. 22 Wisconsin on Saturday.

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Ohio State’s Justin Ahrens, left, shoots over Towson’s Nicolas Timberlake during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2021/12/web1_127766248-4a8386a680fb4e7ea61895e183d5c78b.jpgOhio State’s Justin Ahrens, left, shoots over Towson’s Nicolas Timberlake during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Towson’s Nicolas Timberlake, left, tries to dribble past Ohio State’s Malaki Branham during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2021/12/web1_127766248-7aa80daf9751429a81d80a51843d28ec.jpgTowson’s Nicolas Timberlake, left, tries to dribble past Ohio State’s Malaki Branham during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State’s Jamari Wheeler, right, tries to dribble past Towson’s Charles Thompson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2021/12/web1_127766248-7bf1822e0bb64a1f9fe5f59bb1170f82.jpgOhio State’s Jamari Wheeler, right, tries to dribble past Towson’s Charles Thompson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

By Jacob Benge

Associated Press