COLUMBUS: Keita Bates-Diop scored 19 points as Ohio State pulled away in the second half to beat in-state rival Miami 72-59 on Saturday afternoon.

C.J. Jackson added 16 points and Kam Williams had 15 for the Buckeyes, who wrapped up their nonconference schedule with an uneven effort against a young Mid-American Conference team.

The RedHawks got within three points of the Buckeyes with six minutes left in the game after a Dalonte Brown layup. But Jackson and Williams responded with back-to-back 3-pointers on the way to a 15-2 run as the Buckeyes opened the gap.

The Buckeyes (11-4, 2-0 Big Ten) have won six of their past seven, with the only loss to No. 5 North Carolina a week ago.

Darian Ringo led the RedHawks (7-6) with 16 points, and Bam Bowman came off the bench to score 15.

The Buckeyes held a 35-28 lead at halftime, with Musa Jallow hitting a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the half to open up the margin.

Both teams shot 38 percent in the half, with Ohio State making just one of its first nine attempts from the floor.

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Miami: Young team ran tough with the Buckeyes in the first half but in the end couldn’t keep up when the more talented opponent started making its shots.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes were inconsistent in beating a middling MAC team, one final tune-up before they plunge into the Big Ten schedule. They needed a flurry of 3-pointers to pull away in the second half.