Thomas' 18 leads No. 7 Ohio State, 89-55

Thomas' 18 leads No. 7 Ohio State, 89-55
December 8, 2012, 2:13 pm
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Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas, center, puts up a shot between Long Beach State's Kris Gulley, left, and Nick Shepherd during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Deshaun Thomas had 18 points, including a 3-pointer in an 11-point run in the first half, to lead No. 7 Ohio State past tired Long Beach State 89-55 on Saturday.

LaQuinton Ross had 16 points in a reserve role, Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 14, and Sam Thompson had 13 for the Buckeyes (6-1), who built a 42-point lead before experimenting with different lineup combinations.

Dan Jennings scored 16 points and James Ennis had 12 for the 49ers (3-6), who have dropped three straight. They lost at No. 4 Syracuse 84-53 on Thursday before taking on another top-10 team just over 40 hours later.

Up by 14 at the break, the Buckeyes wasted little time in putting the game out of reach.

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