COLUMBUS, Ohio — 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 hit 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 straight home game to a non-major 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.

NO. 24 CINCINNATI 64, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 49: In Cincinnati, Troy Caupain and Jacob Evans III scored 15 points apiece, and No. 24 Cincinnati overcame low-percentage shooting to beat Southeastern Louisiana.

Playing as a ranked team for the first time in two seasons, the Bearcats (5-0) struggled to make shots and led by only three points midway through the second half.

Evans made a pair of free throws and back-to-back 3s that helped Cincinnati pull away down the stretch, finishing with a career high. Gary Clark had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Southeastern Louisiana (1-4) was coming off a coming off 92-65 loss at Nebraska on Sunday. Despite the travel and the quick turnaround, the Lions stayed with Cincinnati and trailed by only three points midway through the second half.

Zay Jackson had 15 points to lead Southeastern Louisiana.

The Bearcats jumped into the Top 25 by blowing out opponents and shooting 50.8 percent from the field. They scored their 385 points in their first four games, their highest season-opening total since 1976-77.

The points were much harder to get on Tuesday night, with the Bearcats repeatedly missing up-close shots and long-range ones, too.

Midway through the second half, the Bearcats were shooting 34 percent from the field and led only 38-35.

They hit four 3s in a row — the first two by Evans — as they built a 10-point cushion and held on.

Southeastern Louisiana came in averaging 10 steals per game — 17th nationally — but forced only 11 turnovers.