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Led By Justice Sueing Debut, Buckeyes Clip Redbirds 94-67

COLUMBUS — It turns out that Justice Sueing is a “hangin’ judge” and in his Ohio State debut the former Cal transfer sentenced Illinois State to several dunks and  a game-high 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the Buckeyes’ 94-67 win over the Redbirds. He also added in a game-high eight rebounds and three steals.

The Buckeyes began the contest on a 22-0 run over the game’s first six minutes, mixing in three three-pointers and a pair of dunks along the way. Sueing contributed seven points to the run. The lead grew to 24 points late in the first half before closing out at 42-25 after 20 minutes.

The lead grew to as much as 37 points in the second half before settling at the 27-point separation in the game’s final score.

Five Buckeyes were in double figures, led by Sueing. He was joined by EJ Liddell (16), Zed Key (12), Duane Washington (12), and CJ Walker (10). Kyle Young scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

For the game, Ohio State shot 31-of-64 from the field (.484) and 6-of-18 from three-point range (.333). Illinois State was held to 22-of-57 shooting (.386) and was outrebounded 43-33. 

For Starters

Holtmann didn’t want to reveal his starting lineup earlier in the week, but when the Buckeyes finally took the court it was the five that most people expected. CJ Walker and Duane Washington were in the backcourt as usual, with a frontcourt of Kyle Young, EJ Liddell, and Justice Sueing. Together, they combined for 65 of Ohio State’s 94 points.

More Debuts

In addition to Justice Sueing, three other Buckeyes made their Ohio State debuts. Freshman Zed Key was impressive in the post, scoring 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting. He added five rebounds. Freshman guard Gene Brown drained his first three-point attempt, but missed his next three, ending up with three points on the day. Bucknell transfer point guard Jimmy Sotos also made his debut, playing 10 minutes and fouling out having missed his long field goal attempt.

Standout Numbers

Ohio State outscored Illinois State 50-14 in the paint. EJ Liddell, Justice Sueing, and Zed Key were all factors inside.

Here’s Something

Zed Key may not be the tallest post guy out there, but he has great balance and doesn’t require a couple of dribbles to gather himself. His base is wide and it keeps him “on-kilter” and allows him to protect the ball from little guys while also distancing himself a bit from bigger guys. He will still have issues with shots getting blocked, but he has long arms and a great feel for the rim and the paint.

Up Next

The Buckeyes will next take the court on Sunday, November 29 against UMass-Lowell on BTN. The game will be played at the new Covelli Center on the Ohio State campus.