COL BKB: Ohio State 65, Winthrop 55

Dec. 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Deshaun Thomas scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half Tuesday, propelling seventh-ranked Ohio State over Winthrop 65-55.

Thomas grabbed nine rebounds and Lenzelle Smith Jr. finished with 14 points as the Buckeyes (9-1) broke open a close game in the second half and logged their fifth straight win.

Aaron Craft helped Ohio State overcome an anemic 38.6 percent shooting mark with five assists.

Winthrop (4-5) lost despite good performances from Derrick Henry (12 points) and Joab Jerome (eight points, 10 rebounds).

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