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, a Bishop Luers graduate, scored all but one of his 22 points in the first 20 minutes, and No. 7 Ohio State showed its firepower inside and out in beating Savannah State 85-45 on Wednesday.
The past couple of games some of the first threes I took weren’t going in, Thomas said, referring to slow starts in lopsided 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, 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, he said.
There were plenty of others who contributed.
LaQuinton Ross added 13 points and tied a career high with nine rebounds, Shannon Scott had a career-best 12 points to go with four steals and three assists and Evan Ravenel had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes (7-1).
No. 3 BAYLOR 94, ORAL ROBERTS 56: In Waco, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored a season-high 27 points, Brittney Griner had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bears (8-1) ran their home winning streak to 44.
No. 11 PENN STATE 60, VIRGINIA TECH 41: In Blacksburg, Va., Maggie Lucas scored 17 points and Mia Nickson had a double-double to lead the Nittany Lions (8-2).
No. 19 NORTH CAROLINA 49, N.C. CENTRAL 21: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points to lead the Tar Heels (9-1).