LaQuinton Ross logged his first career double double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as No. 11 Ohio State beat visiting Morgan State, 89-50, on Saturday.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds for Ohio State (1-0), which outrebounded Morgan State 55-34. Shannon Scott chipped in a career-high 16 points and seven assists.
Returning leading scorer Justin Black paced the Bears (0-1) with 13 points on just 6-for-19 shooting. Ian Chiles scored 12 on 5-for-6 shooting while Anthony Hubbard had 11.
Scott made three 3-pointers in the first 2:03 as Ohio State ran out to an 11-2 lead. Morgan State held close for a while, as a 3-pointer by Blake Bozeman kept the Bears within 29-19 with 6:40 left in the first half.
But two free throws by Ross and a 3-pointer by Smith sparked a 20-4 run to close the half. Sam Thompson added 14 points for the Buckeyes off the bench.
Columbia 73, UMES 54: The host Lions (1-0) shot 63 percent from the floor in the second half, including a seven of 12 3-pointers to beat the Hawks (0-1).
Columbia led 31-26 at the half despite shooting just 39.1 percent from the floor to UMES' 41.7 percent. Columbia held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding UMES 16-14 at the break.
Fairmont State 89, Bowie State 79: Ray Gatling had a game-high 26 points for the Bulldogs (0-1), but they lost to the host Fighting Falcons (1-1).
California 83, Coppin State 64: Tyrone Wallace had a career-high 20 points along with seven assists and six rebounds as the host Golden Bears won their eighth straight season opener.
Justin Cobbs had 16 points and six assists and freshman Jabari Bird added 14 points for California, which led 43-28 after Wallace closed the first half with one of his three 3-pointers. Richard Solomon chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears, who made eight of their nine 3-pointers before intermission.
Sterling Smith led Coppin State with 16 points and seven rebounds and Arnold Fripp added 11 points off the bench. The Eagles trailed by as many as 20 early in the second half before cutting the deficit to 67-56 on Brandon St. Louis' 3-pointer with 6:36 remaining.
California responded with five straight points on Cobbs' 3-pointer and David Kravish's layup following a sensational block by Bird on the other end.
The Golden Bears shot 47.8 percent from the field.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun