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.
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.
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.