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Top 25: No. 7 Ohio State 90, UNC-Asheville 72

Published December 15, 2012 2:20 pm

Top 25 basketball • Keith Hornsby scored 26 points in the loss.
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Columbus, Ohio • Grammy-winning singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby sent a tweet to Ohio State coach Thad Matta on Friday night.

In it, he asked for the seventh-ranked Buckeyes to take it easy on his son, UNC Asheville guard Keith Hornsby, when the teams met Saturday.

The Buckeyes obliged — Hornsby lit up the Buckeyes for a career-best 26 points — but Ohio State still had the last laugh.

"That's just the way it is," Matta cracked, parroting the title of the older Hornsby's biggest hit.

Sam Thompson scored a career-high 18 points and Ohio State (8-1) relished the chance to get out and run in coasting to a 90-72 victory over the Bulldogs (3-7).

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 in the fourth game in an eight-game homestand.

After playing a series of teams content to slow it down against a lean and fast team, the Buckeyes were like horses let out of a corral.

"We watched film a lot on them the past couple of days and we noticed that they didn't stop the ball particularly well," said Thompson, who electrified the crowd with a breakaway windmill dunk after the game long was decided. "We knew that if we could get stops, we knew we could push the ball up the floor and could get to the rim and create for ourselves and other people. We definitely tried to capitalize on that." —