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Thomas has 17 points, No. 10 Buckeyes roll 87-44

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By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points and No. 10 Ohio State regained its shooting touch with an 87-44 victory over Chicago State on Saturday, the Buckeyes' final tuneup before beginning Big Ten play.

LaQuinton Ross added 15 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 13, Amedeo Della Valle had career-high 11 and Aaron Craft scored 10 for the Buckeyes (10-2), who complete an 8-game homestand when they host Nebraska in the conference opener on Wednesday.

The game was Ohio State's first since losing 74-66 to No. 6 Kansas a week earlier. In that game, the Buckeyes played good defense and worked to get open on offense but could not hit shots - even when unguarded. They mustered just 31% shooting from the field (20 of 65). Against the Cougars, they hit 33 of 58 shots from the field (57%).

Quinton Pippen, a nephew of ex-Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen, had 12 points for Chicago State (3-12), which fell to 0-11 away from home with its fourth straight defeat. The Cougars' regular season is half over already with one more game to play in 2012.

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