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COL BKB: Ohio State 69, Rhode Island 58

Nov. 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

UNCASVILLE, Conn., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Deshaun Thomas logged a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds Saturday in fourth-ranked Ohio State's 69-58 victory over Rhode Island in Connecticut.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. contributed 15 points and Aaron Craft also reached double figures with 13 and six assists as the Buckeyes (2-0) moved on to the Naismith Bracket championship game in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

Rhode Island (0-3) kept it close until the latter stages of the contest, when Ohio State went on a run to extend its 3-point lead.

Xavier Munford led the Rams with 16 points.

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