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Former Ohio State star Deshaun Thomas signs to play in France

Deshaun Thomas (megasportsnews.com photo)

Former Ohio State basketball player Deshaun Thomas has signed a one-year contract with JSF Nanterre, who won France’s Pro A playoffs last season.

Another former Buckeyes’ basketball player, David Lighty, a teammate of Thomas’ at OSU, played for the same team last year and was the MVP.

Lighty has moved on, as he did not re-sign with JSF Nanterre. The Cleveland, Ohio native has accepted an invitation from the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks to attend training camp and compete for a roster spot.

Nanterre, will not only defend its French title this coming season, but will also play against some strong competition in Europe’s Euroleague.

#7 Ohio State Men’s Basketball dumps Long Beach State, 89-55

 

Deshaun Thomas scored 18 points, including a 3-point goal in an 11-point run in the first half, to power the #7 Buckeyes to an 89-55 win over a tired Long Beach State team Saturday in Columbus.

Leading by 14 at halftime, Ohio State wasted very little time putting the game completely out of reach, leading by 42 points at one point.

Long Beach State, from the Los Angeles area, lost at #4 Syracuse on Thursday 84-53 before playing another Top-10 team in the Buckeyes just over 40 hours later.

LaQuinton Ross is starting to become a scorer off the bench (courtesy Ohio State)

The 49ers, now 3-6, have now dropped three straight games.

Long Beach State was led in scoring by Dan Jennings with 16 and James Ennis with 12.

LaQuinton Ross had 16 points off the bench for the 6-1 Buckeyes.

POSTGAME NOTES
No. 7 Ohio State (6-1) 89, Long Beach State (3-6) 55
Dec. 8, 2012
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,832

GAME

*        The 49ers of Long Beach State and Ohio State have met just once
previously, a 93-86 win for the Buckeyes Nov. 26, 1987, at the Lobo
Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.

TEAM

*        As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 432-117 all-time.
Ohio State is 311-68 when ranked in the Top 10.

*        Against members of the Big West Conference, Ohio State is 8-1
all-time.

*        Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Deshaun
Thomas (18), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (14), LaQuintin Ross (16) and Sam
Thompson (13).

*        Five players tied or set career highs in points: Sam Thompson
(13), Amir Williams (seven), Amedeo Della Valle (five), Trey McDonald
(four), and Alex Rogers (two).

*        Ohio State went on a 6-0 run to end the first half of play. The
Buckeyes extended the run into the second half (29-7). The team also put
together a 17-2 second half run.

*        The Buckeye bench outscored the 49ers 37-14.

*        Ohio State had 21 fast break points compared to Long Beach
State’s four.

*        Ohio State outrebounded Long Beach State 49-33.

*        With 50 points earned in the second half of play, the Buckeyes
surpassed their previous second half high of 43 points recorded vs. Albany
(11/11/12).

*        Ohio State recorded their highest rebound and assist totals for
a game this season with 49 and 22, respectively.

THAD MATTA

*        Matta is 227-66 during his career at Ohio State and 329-97
overall as a head coach.

*        In his nine seasons as Ohio State head coach, Matta has compiled
a 73-2 record against non-conference opponents at home and a 114-21 record
overall against non-conference foes. His teams have never failed to win at
least 10 non-Big Ten games.

*        During the Matta era at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have a record
of 188-21 vs. unranked opponents. Over the last three years, the Buckeyes
are 58-1 vs. unranked foes.

*        Ohio State owns a 141-12 home record during the Matta era. The
Buckeyes are 59-3 in Columbus over the past four seasons.
DESHAUN THOMAS

*        Led the Buckeyes in scoring with 18 points.

*        With 1,041 points, Thomas is currently 47th on the all-time
scoring list at Ohio State. He needs 15 points to surpass Ken Johnson and
Jamie Skelton.
AARON CRAFT

*        Recorded one steal against the 49ers. He has 182 for his career,
good for No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history. David
Lighty<http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/lighty_david00.html>
(2007-11) is No. 2 with 191. Jay Burson (1986-89) is Ohio State’s career
leader with 204.
LAQUINTON ROSS

*        Dished a career-high four assists vs. the 49ers.

*        Recorded nine rebounds, a career high.

SHANNON SCOTT

*        Tied a career high with five rebounds.

AMEDEO DELLA VALLE

*        Recorded first career steal as a Buckeye.

*        Scored a career-high five points.

AMIR WILLIAMS

*        Had seven points vs. Long Beach State, a career high.

SAM THOMPSON

*        Dropped 13 points, which surpassed a previous career high of 11
points.

TREY MCDONALD

*        Scored a career-high four points.

*        Recorded four rebounds, a career high.

*        Tallied first career steal vs. the 49ers.
ALEX ROGERS

*        Scored his first career field goal as a Buckeye, a layup with an
assist awarded to Sam Thompson.

POSTGAME QUOTES

No. 7 Ohio State 89 (6-1), Long Beach State 55 (3-6)

December 8, 2012

Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)

Attendance: 14, 832

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On the play of the bench

“It started with Trey [McDonald], who came off the bench and did what he
needed to do: play great post defense and provide great energy. All of
those guys played very well and very cohesively.”

On the key to LaQuinton Ross becoming a consistent contributor

“He needs to focus on all of the little aspects of the game, and to his
credit he has done that recently and been very tuned-in in practice and in
games. He is playing his best basketball.”

On multiple scoring options

“The best teams I’ve coached are the ones that have multiple scoring
options. The ’07 team was a great example of that. Night-to-night, you
never knew who would lead you in scoring.”

Deshaun Thomas, junior forward

On four different players scoring double figures

“We passed the ball really well and different guys stepped up to hit shots.”

On excitement over his assist to Aaron Craft

“It is really just me becoming a better player and learning to become more
of an impact player without always shooting. I trust these guys to make
shots so I make the extra pass. It starts in practice and carries over to
the games.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior guard

On defensive intensity

“Coach Matta wants good defense to be the identity of this team so we do a
lot of defensive drills in practice. Right now as a team we’re playing
together well on the defensive end of the floor.”

On rotation of players

“We are all going to be in foul trouble at some point during the season so
it is important to rotate guys in and let them get confidence early in the
season. When we have a lot of guys with confidence we are a scary team.”

Dan Monson, Long Beach State head coach

On his team’s performance

“It’s a work in progress and we’ve got a long way to go. Ohio State is a
very good basketball team. I was happy with how hard we fought, but you’re
not going to play well until you consistently have the same effort that we
had in the first half. The second half was a huge disappointment.”

On Ohio State’s defense

“Defensively they just got into us and frustrated us. [Aaron] Craft is as
good of an on-ball defender as anyone in the country. Mike [Caffey] is
going to be a good point guard for us, but you have to give all the credit
to Aaron.”

On his team’s challenging non-conference schedule

“You have to put kids in adverse situations to see how they react. It’s
hard but they need to figure it out. We try to embrace that. We’re trying
to get mentally tougher and this team has got to grow up a little bit.”

 

Indiana selected to win Big Ten Men’s Basketball championship; OSU picked 3rd

 

(courtesy Indiana athletics)

The Indiana Hoosiers have been chosen as the top team in the Big Ten and their star, Cody Zeller was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year in a vote by conference media.

Michigan and Ohio State were picked to finish second and third respectively.

The Hoosiers return all five starters from the team that went 27-9 and reached the Sweet 16.

The 6-foot-11 Zeller, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds as a freshman last season is the key player in the Hoosiers success. He was a unanimous pick for the preseason All-Big Ten team with Trey Burke of Michigan, Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State and Penn State’s Tim Frazier.

Ohio State wakes up, then blasts Valparaiso, 80-47

 

William Buford (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Number-3 Ohio State started off slow in the first half, but got things together in the second half en routing Valparaiso of the Horizon League, 80-47.

William Buford heated up in the final half, scoring 17 of his 25 points as the Buckeyes moved to 6-0 on Friday night.

Aaron Craft chipped in with 15 points and eight assists; Jared Sullinger scored 14 points and hauled down 13 rebounds and Deshaun Thomas contributed 12 points.

OSU has now won 28 straight games at Value City Arena, which matches the third-longest home streak in the school’s basketball history.

Jay Harris led the Crusaders, now 5-2, with 18 points.

Up next for the Buckeyes is a visit from the Duke Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the arena will be sold out. Game time is 9:30 p.m.

 

Info compiled from OSU athletics

Ohio State dominates Indiana 82-61

The Buckeyes held the Indiana Hoosiers to 38.5 percent shooting en route to winning 82-61 in Value City Arena and keeping their one-game lead over Purdue in the Big Ten standings.

Freshman Deshaun Thomas scored a game-high 22 points off the bench for Ohio State (27-2, 14-2) who will be going back to the #1 perch in the nation in the AP Poll because #1 Duke lost to Virginia Tech.

DeShaun Thomas (courtesy of OSU athletics)

William Buford added 15 points and David Lighty and Jon Diebler 11 apiece for Ohio State, which has beaten Indiana (12-17, 3-13) for the sixth straight time, which is the Buckeyes’ longest winning streak in a series dating back to 1905.

Verdell Jones III led the Hoosiers with 14 points.

compiled from Ohio State athletics news

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