No. 3 Ohio State cruised over Nebraska 84-53 Saturday afternoon in Columbus, a tuneup before the biggest test of the season for the Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten), at No. 5 Michigan State Tuesday night.
Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13, Shannon Scott also had 13, LaQuinton Ross scored 11 points and Amir Williams chipped in 10 for Ohio State, which shot 54 percent from the field (27-of-50) and 47 percent on three-pointers (9-of-19).
Terran Petteway scored 15 points and Leslee Smith had 11 for the Huskers (8-6, 0-2), who have lost 20 consecutive road games to ranked teams since beating No. 22 Texas A&M on February 23, 2008. Nebraska has not beaten a top 5 team on the road since a 67-51 decision at No. 1 Missouri on February 6, 1982. The Huskers fell to 0-12 against ranked teams under coach Tim Miles.
The Buckeyes, leading the Big Ten in scoring defense at 55.1 points a game, limited NU to 38 percent shooting from the field (21-of-56) while forcing 17 turnovers.
Ohio State, up by 10 coming off a surge late in the first half, broke the game open in the second half. Ross hit consecutive threes to push the lead to 52-46. Williams then muscled in a shot from low on the block and Scott hit two free throws to make it 56-36 with 14 minutes left.
The Huskers never got closer than 14 points again as Ohio State coach Thad Matta substituted freely the rest of the way.