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No. 7 Ohio State takes down Wyoming
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Lenzelle Smith Jr. led with a game-high 20 points as the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, 65-50, at Value City Arena.
Smith Jr. drained 5-of-8 of his 3-point attempts. Amir Williams pulled down 16 boards and scored 12 points and Aaron Craft added 10 points as the Buckeyes (5-0) stayed undefeated.
Larry Nance Jr. recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Derek Cooke Jr. and Riley Grabau each scored eight points as Ohio State halted Wyoming's (4-2) three game winning streak.
Ohio State took over the game at the 12:14 mark of the second half. Shannon Scott got called for a technical foul and Grabau drained the two free throws to tie the game at 45. Smith Jr. drained a 3 to give the Buckeyes a 48-45 lead and spark a 20-5 run to end the game.
Craft drained two free throws and made two layups to give the Buckeyes six straight points before Smith Jr. hit another 3-pointer to make it 57-47 with 5:56 remaining.
The Buckeyes got off to a hot start with Scott making two shots from beyond the arc in a 10-4 run to start the game.
Wyoming got to within two late in the first half after Nance Jr. dunked to make it 32-30. Smith dropped a 3-pointer and Williams tipped in a shot to give the Buckeyes a 38-32 game before Nance Jr. dunked with 17 seconds remaining to account for the score at the end of the half.
Grabau pulled up to make a 3-point jumper and Nance Jr. slammed a commanding dunk on a 9-0 run early in the second half that gave a 42-39 Wyoming lead.
The Buckeyes are now 3-1 all-time vs. Wyoming and have not faced the Cowboys since the 1995-96 season ... Ohio State outrebounded Wyoming 42-29 ... The Buckeyes shot 34.8 percent from beyond the arc, while the Cowboys only managed to shoot 14.3.
11/25 21:35:53 ET
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