Ohio State tops URI 69-58 in Tip-Off tournament

Ohio State tops URI 69-58 in Tip-Off tournament
November 17, 2012, 7:09 pm
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Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas, right, shoots over Rhode Island's Andre Malone during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 4 Ohio State beat Rhode Island 69-58 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Connecticut on Saturday.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 15 points, Aaron Craft had 13 points and four assists for the Buckeyes (2-0) who struggled with the Rams (0-3) well into the second half.

Xavier Munford had 16 points to lead Rhode Island, which trailed by just four at halftime.

The Rams were down just six when Craft hit a 3-point shot that bounced around the rim and in with 6:45 left and then stole the ball on the other end of the court.

That led to a technical foul on Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley.

Thomas hit both free throws and the five-point swing gave Ohio State a 55-44 edge, its first double-digit lead of the game, and the Buckeyes held on from there.