Ross leads No. 4 Ohio State over Northern Kentucky

Ross leads No. 4 Ohio State over Northern Kentucky
December 1, 2012, 6:31 pm
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Ohio State's Sam Thompson, right, shoots over Northern Kentucky's Ernest Watson, left, and Jalen Billups during the during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) LaQuinton Ross scored a career-high 22 points to lead cold-shooting No. 4 Ohio State to a 70-43 victory over Northern Kentucky on Saturday.

Ohio State (5-1) rebounded from a 73-68 loss to No. 2 Duke on Wednesday night in which the Buckeyes led most of the way but faded at the finish. They had another bad shooting game against the Norse (0-5), making only 38 percent of their shots.

Deshaun Thomas added 14 points, and Sam Thompson scored 10 for the Buckeyes, who opened an eight-game homestand.

Jalen Billups had 11 points for Northern Kentucky, in its first year in Division I. The Norse haven't beaten a Division I team in a regular-season game since a 66-64 win over Tennessee State on Jan. 14, 1984.

The lead remained around 20 points throughout the second half.