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NCAA Game Summary - VMI at Ohio State



(Wednesday, November 23rd)

Final Score: (3) Ohio State 107, VMI 74

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - William Buford scored 23 points to go with six assists and three rebounds, leading No. 3 Ohio State to a 107-74 thumping of Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday.

Jared Sullinger netted 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (5-0), while Aaron Craft had 13 points, eight assists and three steals.

Deshaun Thomas chipped in 11 points and J.D. Weatherspoon contributed 10 off the bench for Ohio State, which was coming off an 85-50 blowout of North Florida on Monday.

It was Ohio State's 27th consecutive home victory, the fourth-longest streak in school history. The Buckeyes will aim to tie the third-longest streak in program history when they take on Valparaiso on Friday.

Keith Gabriel paced they Keydets (3-2) with 21 points, while Ron Burks added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Stan Okoye chipped in 12 points for the Keydets, who were coming off an 84-79 win over UMBC on Saturday.

"They are as advertised, very good," VMI head coach Duggar Baucom said. "Sullinger is a load inside and they have some tremendous guard play."

Ohio State jumped out to a 12-5 lead four minutes into the game and quickly expanded it to 19-11 on a Craft layup.

Later, a jumper by Thomas pushed the Buckeyes' lead to 30-13 with 12 1/2 to go in the first 20 minutes of play.

Ohio State shot an incredible 70 percent from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the first half, and cruised to a 57-44 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Buckeyes continued their hot shooting, connecting on 66 percent of their shots. They built a comfortable 20-point lead, 66-46, just under three minutes into the half.

Ohio State kept the pressure up, crossing the 100-point plateau with just over 5 1/2 minutes to go on a layup by Lenzelle Smith, Jr.

"I think the biggest difference tonight was the start of the second half," Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. "When you play a team like VMI, you're going to get pressure for 40 minutes. Our guys did a decent job down the stretch finishing plays to win the game."

Game Notes

Ohio State has won all three meetings all-time against VMI...The Buckeyes shot 68 percent for the game, while VMI shot only 39 percent...Ohio State dominated inside, scoring 68 points in the paint to only 24 for the Keydets...Ohio State also got 38 points from its bench, to only 18 for VMI.

11/23 23:23:40 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
13th
CWS 4
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
8th
ANA 3
OAK 4
 
8th
SDP 4
COL 2
 
8th
SFG 2
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
4th
DEN 97
GSW 96
 
4th
POR 91
LAC 89
 
4th
SAC 94
PHO 96
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
3rd
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR