Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points to pace four other teammates in double digits as Ohio State poured 53 points in the first half en route to a 91-45 triumph over Missouri-Kansas City Friday at Value City Arena.
Thomas made six of eight attempts and pulled down eight rebounds while Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 for the Buckeyes, who remained unbeaten in four games after wins over Albany, Rhode Island, Washington and Missouri-Kansas City.
Sam Thompson and LaQuinton Ross scored 11 points apiece while Shannon Scott added 10 points and 10 dimes, both career highs, as Ohio State led by as many as 48 points over the Kangaroos. The last time they did was against Virginia Military Institute last year.
“I was excited to see our guys play from start to finish. 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,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said.
The Buckeyes shot an amazing 60.8 percent from the field compared to just 25.5 percent by the Kangaroos. They also outrebounded the Kangaroos, 40-30, and dominated the shaded lane with 38 points against 16 by their opponents.
Ohio scored 10 second-chance points as well as 13 fastbreak points while the Kangaroos totaled two second-chance points and none on the break. The Buckeyes’ bench also outscored the Kangaroos, 32-22.
The Buckeyes will ride the momentum of their four-game winning streak when they take on No. 5 Duke in Wednesday’s ACC/Big Ten matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“They’re a great team. They have us circled on their calendar, so we know they’ll be ready. We’re going to need to have a great week of preparation to be at our best,” Matta said.
Thomas Staton and Estan Tyler scored seven points apiece to lead the Kangaroos, who dropped to 2-3.
Smith buried a three-pointer in the first half to give the Buckeyes a 20-3 lead before the Kangaroos scored five straight points to close the gap. 20-8 Then the Buckeyes a telling 33-10 assault to clinch a
53-18 lead at the break.
The Buckeyes were unstoppable in the second half, taking a 48-point lead, 89-41, after a layup by Ross.