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The Tigers came in relying on their stingy defense. They were allowing only 53.0 points a game, with their opponents shooting 37.1 percent from the field.
But the Buckeyes, averaging 78 points, dominated at both ends and scored in transition to pile up a big lead. They hit 10 of 19 shots behind the arc while shooting 48 percent from the field for the game.
"We knew the whole time they were going to be playing fast," said Scott, the son of former North Carolina and NBA star Charlie Scott. "We watched film on them and saw they were going to try to pressure everybody. And press all the time. We were able to attack their pressure and make plays happen."
The Buckeyes made 7 of 10 3-pointers in the opening half to pull away to an 18-point lead. Thomas led the way, hitting 4 of 6 while scoring 21 -- three more points than the Tigers accumulated in the half.
Down 42-18 at the break, Savannah State scored seven of the first nine points of the second half but Ohio State started picking up points in transition to stretch the lead, which gradually grew.
"Our objective is to try and be as positive and competitive as we possibly can in the MEAC and we didn't do what we wanted to do tonight," Broadnax said. "Not necessarily looking at the score, but I don't think we did what we needed to do on the defensive end."
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