NCAA Game Summary - Chicago State at Ohio State|
(Saturday, December 29th)
Final Score: (10) Ohio State 87, Chicago State 44
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Deshaun Thomas had 17 points, eight rebounds
and four assists to lead 10th-ranked Ohio State to an 87-44 win over Chicago
State on Saturday.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 13 points and Aaron Craft had 10 points and six
assists for the Buckeyes (10-2), who bounced back from a 74-66 loss to then
ninth-ranked Kansas last Saturday.
LaQuinton Ross and Amedeo Della Valle scored 15 and 11 points, respectively,
in the triumph.
"It has been a process of getting guys to understand and appreciate what it
takes to get your mind ready to play every single minute you take the floor,"
said Ohio State coach Thad Matta. "From the standpoint of coaching, we just
have to keep showing them the film, practicing at an incredible level and
seeing improvement every time we take the floor."
Quinton Pippen had 12 points and Nate Duhon added nine for the Cougars (3-12),
who remain winless on the road this season.
"We're a much better team than we showed in the second half. That's not to
take anything away from Ohio State, who I really believe is a team that can
contend for a national championship," said Chicago State coach Tracy Dildy.
"They have the caliber of players that can carry this team to the Final Four.
This is clearly the best team we've played."
Chicago State led briefly at 12-10 with 13 1/2 minutes to go in the first
half, but Ohio State used a 20-5 run to go up 30-17 with just over 11
The teams traded blows the rest of the way and the Buckeyes led 37-24 entering
Ohio State scored 10 of the first 12 points in the second half to stretch its
lead to 47-26 with just 2 1/2 minutes gone.
The Cougars cut it to 47-30 a bit later, but a 30-9 sequence from the Buckeyes
put the game out of reach.
Ohio State shot 56.9 percent (33-for-58) from the field and held Chicago State
to just 26.5 percent (13-for-49) shooting efficiency.
The Buckeyes own a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series ... Ohio State
outscored Chicago State, 40-10, in the paint and did not allow a second-chance
point ... The Cougars will travel to Toledo on Monday to take on the Rockets
before taking on No. 20 UNLV in Las Vegas on Thursday.
12/29 22:50:03 ET