Men's College Basketball
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              === No. 3 Buckeyes overwhelm cold-shooting UMKC ===
 Columbus,  OH  (Sports Network) -  Deshaun Thomas  tallied 21 points and eight
 rebounds  for  the No. 3 Ohio  State Buckeyes, who dominated the University of
 Missouri-Kansas  City, 91-45,  to complete a perfect showcasing during play in
 the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
 In just 21 minutes of play, the Buckeyes' leading scorer shot 6-for-8 from the
 field to help Ohio State (4-0) to their fourth straight double-digit win.
 Lenzelle  Smith Jr.  added  13  points and  six  rebounds,  while Aaron  Craft
 contributed six points and six assists in the victory.
 "I  was  excited to see our  guys play from  start to finish," said Ohio State
 coach  Thad Matta.  "Going into  the game  we didn't  want Kansas  City to  be
 comfortable  on  offense because they  run their offense  very well. We had to
 disrupt them, and I thought our guys did that very well."
 Disrupt  them they did,  as the Kangaroos (2-3) were held to just 25.5 percent
 (14-of-55)  from the  field in  dropping their  third of  the four  tournament
 contests. Estan Tyler scored a team-high seven points, but was responsible for
 six of the Roos' 18 turnovers.
 "We  gave them  a  lot of  early  shots. A  lot  of kids  haven't  been in  an
 environment  like  this before,"  said UMKC  coach Matt  Brown. "They had some
 wide-open looks at the basket. They are a terrific team."
 Ohio  State set  the tone in the first  half with strong play on both sides of
 the  ball to run away with this one early. They connected on 13 of their first
 20  shots to take a commanding 31-10 lead just over 12 minutes in and extended
 their advantage to 35 by halftime.
 On  the  defensive end,  the  Buckeyes  forced the  Roos  into  12 first  half
 turnovers, which netted 21 points for Ohio State. UMKC mustered only 18 points
 in  the opening period, just three more than Thomas' first half total for Ohio
 Sam  Thompson hit  a jumper  and then  a pair  of free  throws just  over four
 minutes into the second half to push Ohio State's advantage to 41 at 65-24.
 The Buckeyes grabbed their biggest lead of the game following a LaQuinton Ross
 layup with 2:30 to play, giving them a 89-41 lead.
                                   Game Notes
 Thomas  needs  just seven  more points to  become the 49th  member of the Ohio
 State  1,000-point  club ...  Ohio State  coach Thad  Matta improved to 112-20
 against  non-conference opponents at Ohio State ... The Kangaroos fell to 0-15
 all-time against ranked opponents.
 11/23 21:12:21 ET

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