COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann sat his leading scorer less than five minutes into the game. It was a message that the Buckeyes had to play better defensively.
Keita Bates-Diop returned to the game two minutes later and went on to score a career-high 27 points to lead Ohio State to a 97-62 blowout victory against William & Mary on Saturday.
"I just wanted to see him improve his effort a little bit," Holtmann said. "I was ready to put him back in the game, I just wanted to see a little bit more stuff for him."