COLUMBUS, Ohio — There was no complicated reason why David Lighty was so hot. He was just open.
Lighty scored 13 of No. 2 Ohio State's first 16 points and sat out most of the second half while finishing with 29 to lead the Buckeyes past UNC Asheville 96-49 on Tuesday night.
"I was knocking them down," Lighty said. "I'm not sure what (defense) they really started in, but I was wide open. … I just started feeling good after I hit the first one."
Lighty, who went in averaging 11.6 points, had 23 at halftime. He left with 10 minutes, 23 seconds left, one point shy of his career high, and did not return.
"We made some shots early, and Dave was rolling," coach Thad Matta said. "Honestly, I think we just took advantage of what they were giving us."
William Buford added 14 points for the Buckeyes (11-0).
J.D. Primm had 15 points for the Bulldogs (5-6).
Lighty hadn't hit double figures in his past four games. He had that covered in 2:45.
"I honestly felt Lighty was their best player," Asheville coach Ed Biedenbach said. "We elected to try to point him in our zone. What we did was we turned him loose to show that he was one of the best players around."
He almost outscored the Bulldogs in the opening half by himself. He hit 9 of 12 shots from the field, including 5 of 7 3-pointers, as the Buckeyes built a 48-24 lead.
No. 7 San Diego St. 62, San Fran. 56: Kawhi Leonard scored 23 for the Aztecs (13-0) at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
UNLV 63, No. 11 Kansas St. 59: Tre'Von Willis scored 16 and Oscar Bellfield hit a key 3-pointer in the final 70 seconds to lead the Running Rebels (11-2) past the host Wildcats (9-3), whose two best players were suspended shortly before the game. The NCAA, citing receipt of impermissible benefits, told preseason All-America point guard Jacob Pullen to sit out three games. Curtis Kelly, the Wildcats' only other senior, was told not to play and his punishment would be decided later.
No. 14 Purdue 77, IPFW 52: JaJuan Johnson had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the host Boilermakers (11-1) held Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne to 35 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers.
USC 65, No. 19 Tenn. 64: Maurice Jones scored 15 and the Trojans (7-5) survived a late run by the host Vols (7-3), who dropped their third in a row.
No. 23 BYU 72, Weber St. 66: Jimmer Fredette scored 28, including a pair of free throws down the stretch, and the Cougars (11-1) held off the host Wildcats.
No. 25 Texas A&M 86, Wagner 51: David Loubeau scored 16 for the host Aggies (11-1).
UF 70, Robert Morris 50: Freshman Brittany Shine scored a game-high 19 and the host Gators (10-3) beat the Colonials in the title game of the Gator Holiday Classic. Shine was voted the tournament's most valuable performer after totaling 47 points and 10 assists in two games. Freshman Jaterra Bonds, who scored 13, also earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
No. 3 Duke 46, No. 4 Xavier 45: Jasmine Thomas made the second of two free throws with 2½ seconds to play, then flew down the court to block a breakaway layup by Special Jennings at the buzzer and preserve the host Blue Devils' win. Thomas led the Blue Devils (12-0) with 16 points. Xavier (10-1) got 22 points and 15 rebounds from Amber Harris.
No. 2 Baylor 77, No. 23 Syracuse 43: Odyssey Sims scored 25, hitting five 3-pointers, and Brittney Griner added 15 points as the Bears (12-1) beat the Orange (8-1) at the Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout at Nassau. Iasia Hemingway scored 10 to lead Syracuse.
No. 6 WVU 71, N.C. Central 39: Liz Repella scored 17 and the Mountaineers led 20-0 en route to the program's first 12-0 start.
No. 11 Ky. 107, Ark.-Pine Bluff 35: Keyla Snowden scored a career-high 28 as the host Wildcats (9-1) forced the Golden Lions into 41 turnovers.
No. 12 Mich. St. 67, Vermont 33: Lykendra Johnson scored 14 and the host Spartans (12-1) won their 10th in a row.
AriZ. St. 79, No. 16 DePaul 66: Tenaya Watson scored 25, Dymond Simon added 24 and the host Sun Devils (8-2) upset the Blue Demons (13-2).