COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Freshman William Buford scored a career-high 19 points and Ohio State pressured and fastbreaked past road-weary Houston Baptist 89-65 on Friday night.
Evan Turner added 15 points and B.J. Mullens and Jeremie Simmons each had 12 for the Buckeyes (11-3), who had lost three of their last four after opening 9-0 and climbing to No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25.
The Buckeyes shot 56 percent from the field.
Gordon Watt had 28 points and Andrew Puzyk 18 for Houston Baptist (1-16), which lost its second in a row since beating Howard on Dec. 31. The Huskies, now in their second year of transition from NAIA back to Division I, opened the season with 14 losses.
They were playing their fifth straight road game and are in the midst of playing eight of nine away from home.