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Top 25: No. 7 Ohio State 89, Long Beach State 55

Published December 8, 2012 1:50 pm

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Columbus, Ohio • 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 more than 40 hours later.

The Buckeyes, who led by 14 at the break, wasted little time putting the game out of reach.

Smith made a jumper on the first trip down the floor of the second half and, after a Long Beach miss, he fed Evan Ravenel for a thunderous dunk down the heart of the lane and through traffic.

Thompson then got into the act by driving the baseline for a layup then throwing down an alley-oop pass from Smith. When Thomas hit a long 3 from in front of the bench, the lead was 50-28. That opened the floor for lots of substitutes. —