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Associated Press, Published February 20 2013

Thomas, No. 18 Buckeyes roll past Gophers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and No. 18 Ohio State used a 16-0 second-half run to beat Minnesota 71-45 on Wednesday night.

The teams came into the night in dire need of a Big Ten win. Both had lost three of their last four, and each was humiliated on the road on Sunday. The Golden Gophers (18-9, 6-8 Big Ten) were pounded at Iowa, 72-51, while Ohio State (19-7, 9-5) wasn’t a factor over the final 35 minutes in a 71-49 rout by Wisconsin.

Andre Hollins had 11 points and Oto Osenieks 10 for Minnesota, which had a season-high 24 turnovers and shot just 29 percent from the field (14 of 48).

MINNESOTA (18-9): Mbakwe 2-5 0-0 4, Williams 0-3 0-0 0, An. Hollins 4-13 2-2 11, Coleman 0-3 0-0 0, Au. Hollins 0-5 5-7 5, Welch 1-2 0-0 3, Ellenson 2-5 0-0 4, Osenieks 2-5 6-6 10, Ahanmisi 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 3-5 1-3 7, Ingram 0-1 1-2 1, Eliason 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-48 15-20 45.

OHIO ST. (19-7): Thomas 6-16 5-5 19, Thompson 1-6 4-4 6, Williams 2-2 1-2 5, Craft 2-5 1-2 6, Smith, Jr. 2-5 0-0 4, Scott 3-5 4-4 11, Ross 4-9 1-1 10, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Ravenel 2-6 0-0 4, Della Valle 2-4 0-0 6, Lorbach 0-1 0-0 0, McDonald 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-60 16-18 71.

Halftime: Ohio St. 29-23. 3-Point Goals: Minnesota 2-15 (Welch 1-1, An. Hollins 1-5, Williams 0-1, Osenieks 0-1, Ellenson 0-3, Au. Hollins 0-4), Ohio St. 7-20 (Della Valle 2-3, Thomas 2-8, Craft 1-1, Scott 1-2, Ross 1-3, Thompson 0-1, Smith, Jr. 0-1, Lorbach 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 39 (An. Hollins 8), Ohio St. 33 (Williams 6). Assists: Minnesota 7 (Coleman, Au. Hollins, An. Hollins, Mbakwe, Osenieks, Walker, Williams 1), Ohio St. 13 (Scott 5). Total Fouls: Minnesota 21, Ohio St. 21. A: 16,378.