The Buckeyes came out of the gate firing against the North Florida Ospreys at Value City Arena, hitting on their first 8 shots from the floor. Quick hands on defense led to a 19-0 run and a 24-6 Buckeye lead half way through the first half of play. North Florida did not crumble, however, eventually cutting the lead down to 8 after back-to-back transition three balls from sophomore guard Beau Beech. Beech's 10 points led the Ospreys in first half scoring.
The Buckeyes got a scoring boost from junior forward Laquinton Ross as he finally looked comfortable and confident in his jump shot. Ross went 4-4 from the field including 2-2 from downtown to lead the team with 10 points in the first half of play. This could be a good sign for Ross because he will certainly be needed when Big Ten play picks up.
Twelve Osprey turnovers allowed the Buckeyes to get out and run all first half. For a team that has been struggling to find its offensive rhythm, Ohio State broke out for a magnificent shooting half that is sure to make coach Thad Matta happy. Ohio State shot a prolific 70.4% from the field and 67% from three-point land.