No. 4 Ohio State tops Washington

No. 4 Ohio State tops Washington

No. 4 Ohio State 77, Washington 66: Deshaun Thomas scored 21 of his career-high-tying 31 points in the first half as the Buckeyes cruised to victory in the Naismith bracket championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic in Uncasville, Conn.

Thomas made his first nine shots – including a trio of 3-pointers – and Aaron Craft drilled all eight of his free-throw attempts to finish with 18 points.

Fourth-ranked Ohio State (3-0) held a 41-31 edge at halftime before registering a 10-1 run early in the second half to put the game away.

After Washington closed to within five at 44-39, Thomas and Amir Williams made a pair of layups and a free throw apiece to cap the signature run.

C.J. Wilcox shot 7-for-12 from the field for a team-high 18 points for Washington (2-2), which split its two games in the tournament.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The teams were playing for the first time since 1972. Washington leads the all-time series, 8-4 … The Huskies shot 9-of-19 from 3-point range. … Excluding Thomas, the rest of the Buckeyes were 0-for-5 from 3-point range.