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College basketball

Buckeyes, Thomas cruise to victory

– 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).

Women

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).

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