Playing on Saturday in a gymnasium that apparently held fewer fans than the student section at Value City Arena, the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team beat the Madrid Generals, 93-61, behind a game-high 20 points from Kaleb Wesson.

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is now roughly halfway through its foreign trip to Spain and already has a game under its belt. With a scheduled return to Columbus this Saturday, here are some of the highlights from what the team has experienced so far and shared via social media.

Buckeyes cruise in first game

Playing on Saturday in a gymnasium that apparently held fewer fans than the student section at Value City Arena, the Buckeyes handled the Madrid Generals, 93-61, behind a game-high 20 points from Kaleb Wesson.

Before the team left, coach Chris Holtmann said he was going to mix and match lineups and possibly play everyone the same number of minutes. In this first game, he went with a starting lineup of C.J. Jackson, Joey Lane, Keyshawn Woods, Andre Wesson and Micah Potter.

“We wanted to go with upperclassmen,” Holtmann said in a postgame interview on the team’s official website. “It kind of works out nice. We have six upperclassmen, but we wanted to start our five guys that have been here for a few years, including Keyshawn.

“We’re going to mix the lineup up quite a bit here during this week and a half.”

The teams were tied at 12 after the first quarter, and the starters for the second quarter were the same as the first save for freshman Jaedon LeDee replacing Lane. At the half, Ohio State led 39-28 and both Kaleb Wesson and Jackson had seven points.

The Buckeyes then hit their first six shots of the third quarter and took a 69-48 lead into the fourth, where freshman Duane Washington Jr. hit back-to-back threes.

“I thought we had good contribution from all our new guys,” Holtmann said. “The biggest thing is obviously Keyshawn has a better understanding of this level of play given the fact that he’s done it, but I thought all four of our freshmen had good moments and they’ll continue to grow as we go through this week and into the fall.”

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Kaleb Wesson is being asked to expand his game and shoot three-pointers this season, and Holtmann said he was either 2 for 3 or 2 for 4.

“They don’t know my moves, so it’s a little different pace,” Wesson said of the game. “It was very physical. Older guys, tougher guys. Pros. They’ve been through it, so playing tough out there and keeping your composure through fouls was great.”

“Kaleb was good tonight,” Holtmann said. “I thought his ability to stretch the floor was good. He’s worked on his footwork, and he was good in the low post too. His conditioning continues to improve. I thought Micah did some good things as well.”

There was a price for the victory, though: junior walk-on and Upper Arlington product Danny Hummer apparently required five stitches above his left eye.

Cost of victory- 5 stitches over the left eye for Danny Hummer.

— Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) August 4, 2018

The newcomers speak

Ohio State has given fan-favorite Lane an opportunity to run some of the team’s social media sites, and today a video was posted featuring Lane talking with the team’s four freshmen and Woods. Ohio State’s newcomers are typically not allowed to speak with reporters until after they have played a game.

“It was really fun,” Justin Ahrens said of his first game. “It was a learning experience for me and the other four freshmen. I’m looking forward to the next four years.”

Asked by Lane what he’s most looking forward to in the team’s next game, which is Tuesday against the Valencia All Stars, Luther Muhammad said, “To winwinwinwinwin…”

Woods was asked for one message for Ohio State fans.

“We’re coming in hot to win more games for the fall,” he said.

Lane quizzed Washington on his Spanish and he knew the correct translations for eggs, pants and beach, and LeDee said he’s been rooming with Kaleb Wesson and Potter.

More from social media

Sophomore Musa Jallow is apparently a Ronaldo fan, although he didn’t realize the soccer star had moved teams from Real Madrid to Juventus last month.

Okay... First time is Madrid so you know I had to cop the Ronaldo uni! Favorite player on JUVENTUS!!

— musa aziz jallow (@m2jallow) August 4, 2018

Alumnus and color commentator Ron Stokes is on the trip.

Good seeing the team for the 1st time here in Madrid Spain. Very young team w/ great potential

— Ron Stokes (@Ron_Stokes) August 4, 2018