Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Sam Thompson scored a career-high 18 points to power Ohio State Buckeyes past UNC-Asheville Bulldogs 90-72 Saturday afternoon.
Deshaun Thomas added 17 and Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 16 for the Buckeyes (8-1).
Keith Hornsby had a career-high 26 points for Asheville (3-7). Will Weeks added 14 points and Jeremy Atkinson 11.
The Bulldogs tried to run with Ohio State and paid dearly for it. The Buckeyes scored on 14 of 19 possessions during one span in the first half and took a 50-35 lead.
With the Bulldogs still opting to play at a fast pace, the Buckeyes pulled further away in the early stages of the second half.
Thompson scored seven points as Ohio State ripped off 15 of the first 18 points to widen the advantage to 65-38.
The Bulldogs never pulled close again.