No. 7 Buckeyes sprint to 90-72 win over Asheville

No. 7 Buckeyes sprint to 90-72 win over Asheville
December 15, 2012, 2:17 pm
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Ohio State's Shannon Scott, right, and teammate Amir Williams, center, try to steal the ball from UNC-Asheville's D.J. Cunningham during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sam Thompson scored a career-high 18 points and No. 7 Ohio State made the most of an opportunity to get out and run, beating UNC Asheville 90-72 on Saturday.

Deshaun Thomas had 17 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. 16 and Evan Ravenel tied a career best with 12 points in the first half for the Buckeyes (8-1), who tuned up for a big showdown next Saturday against No. 9 Kansas with the fourth game in an eight-game homestand.

Keith Hornsby, son of Grammy-winning singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby, had a career-high 26 points for Asheville (3-7), which had won its previous two games heading into a tough three-game road trip.