No. 7 Buckeyes sprint to 90-72 win over AshevilleOhio State's Shannon Scott, right, and teammate Amir Williams, center, try to steal the ball from UNC-Asheville's D.J. Cunningham during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Sam Thompson scored a career-high 18 points and No. 7 Ohio State made the most of an opportunity to get out and run, beating UNC Asheville 90-72 on Saturday.
Deshaun Thomas had 17 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. 16 and Evan Ravenel tied a career best with 12 points in the first half for the Buckeyes (8-1), who tuned up for a big showdown next Saturday against No. 9 Kansas with the fourth game in an eight-game homestand.
Keith Hornsby, son of Grammy-winning singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby, had a career-high 26 points for Asheville (3-7), which had won its previous two games heading into a tough three-game road trip.