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Buckeyes demolish Savannah State

Ohio State’s Trey McDonald shoots over Jyles Smith in the second half.

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Ohio State’s Trey McDonald shoots over Jyles Smith in the second half.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas did most of his damage in the first half. By then, he was just about done, and so was Savannah State.

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Thomas scored all but one of his 22 in the first 20 minutes, and No. 7 Ohio State showed its firepower inside and out in beating Savannah State 85-45 Wednesday night.

"The past couple of games some of the first 3s I took weren't going in," Thomas said, referring to slow starts in wins over Northern Kentucky and Long Beach State. "Now my teammates are getting me open and I was ready to shoot. It just feels good out there, getting in that rhythm, getting the open spots and just knocking them down."

Savannah State coach Horace Broadnax, a mainstay on the great Georgetown teams of the early 1980s and a former Plant City High standout, joked that his players lost track of Thomas: "I guess we didn't understand the scouting report on Thomas that he could shoot the basketball because we left him open a lot."

LaQuinton Ross added 13 points and tied a career high with nine rebounds for the Buckeyes (7-1).

UCF 72, B-CU 62: Keith Clanton had 30 points, 13 rebounds and four assists as the host Knights (5-2) won their eighth straight over Bethune-Cookman (4-7).

ALABAMA: Center Carl Engstrom will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee.

ST. JOSEPH'S: Junior forward Halil Kanacevic was suspended for two games and a week of practice for making an obscene gesture toward the Villanova student section Tuesday night.

CAA TOURNAMENT: The Colonial Athletic Association will hold its tournament at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore for three years beginning next season. Richmond, Va., has hosted the tournament since 1990.

Women

NO. 3 BAYLOR 94, ORAL ROBERTS 56: Odyssey Sims scored a season-high 27 and Brittney Griner had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (8-1), who hit 16 of their first 19 shots and won their 44th straight at home.

NO. 11 PENN ST. 60, VA. TECH 41: Maggie Lucas scored 17 on 7-of-9 shooting, and Mia Nickson had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Lions (8-2).

NO. 19 UNC 49, N.C. CENTRAL 21: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 and Brittany Rountree 11 for the host Tar Heels (9-1), who tied the program records for fewest points in a win and fewest points allowed in a game. It was also the lowest-scoring game in program history.

NO. 13 TENNESSEE: Freshman guard Andraya Carter is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on her right shoulder today, limiting the Vols' backcourt depth.

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