COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — No. 21 Ohio State (7-2) used a surge early in the second half to distance itself from a feisty Towson team, earning its third-straight win Wednesday night.

Senior Kyle Young continued his recent hot-shooting streak, hitting for 18 points as the Bucks took a 85-74 win at Value City Arena.

It was Ohio State’s first home game since its upset win over top-ranked Duke last week. Four Buckeyes scored in double figures, including guard Justin Ahrens who hit three consecutive 3-pointers in the second half to help the Buckeyes keep Towson at bay.

The Tigers owned a one-point lead with seconds to play in the first half before Buckeye forward Zed Key hit a fadeaway jumper to give OSU a 33-32 lead at the break.

As a team, OSU shot 57.4% from the floor. E.J. Liddell scored 15 points for OSU, while Key poured in 13 points.

OSU will return to Big Ten play Saturday at home against No. 22 Wisconsin. Tip off is set for 12:00 p.m.