COLUMBUS: Alex Hamilton had 24 points and three teammates also reached double figures when Louisiana Tech defeated Ohio State 82-74 on Tuesday.

Erik McCree had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-0), who are off to their best start since 1998. Jacobi Boykins added 16 points and LeAntwan Luckett 10.

McCree made a 3-pointer with under two minutes to play to give the Bulldogs a 76-69 lead to put the game away.

Ohio State (2-2) never led and lost a second consecutive home game to a nonmajor conference opponent after winning its previous 151 back to December 1994.

Marc Loving led Ohio State with 25 points; Keita Bates Diop scored 12 points and JaQuan Lyle 10.

Ohio State battled back from its largest deficit, 40-31 with just over two minutes left to trail 42-38 at the half after Loving banked a pressured layup off the glass with 2.9 seconds to go.