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Sullinger leads Buckeyes past Tigers, 85-41

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, left, drives the baseline against Jackson State's Jamarious Sykes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, left, drives the baseline against Jackson State's Jamarious Sykes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
By Rusty Miller
AP Sports Writer / November 18, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio—Jared Sullinger had 20 points and 11 rebounds in little more than a half and No. 3-ranked Ohio State used an 18-0 blitz to roll to an 85-41 victory over Jackson State on Friday night.

Deshaun Thomas, William Buford and Jordan Sibert each had 11 points for the Buckeyes (3-0), who were coming off an 81-74 victory over No. 7 Florida, also in the Global Sports Shootout.

All 12 players on the roster saw action, with 11 scoring and all 12 grabbing at least one rebound.

Kelsey Howard scored 17 points for Jackson State (0-4), which had 26 turnovers.

Down 11-10 in the first half, the Buckeyes scored the next 18 points and never looked back.

The Tigers are being outscored by 36 points a game so far this season.

The Buckeyes scored 32 of the first 45 points in the second half while substituting liberally.

Sullinger had 16 points and 10 rebounds at the break as the Buckeyes built a 29-point lead. He finished 7 of 9 from the field and 6 of 7 at the line.

The Tigers still led by a point after 6 minutes, but then the Buckeyes turned the game into a dunk-a-thon.

With the Buckeyes picking up 23 points off of Jackson State's turnovers, they took control and never looked back to build a 46-17 lead at the half. The turning point was the 18-0 run covering a 5-minute span with Sullinger scoring nine points and Jordan Sibert adding five.

Aaron Craft only had two points in the spurt, but the Buckeyes' guard forced five turnovers and had two assists. He finished with four assists, five steals and one bucket in 17 minutes, and helped turn the game into a rout.

Ohio State shot 48 percent from the field to the Tigers' 35 percent.

The loss dropped Tevester Anderson's record at Jackson State to 131-132. The Tigers were expected to struggle somewhat this season, since they lost two of their top three scorers and their top four rebounders from last year's team.

It was the first meeting between the teams.

The victory was Ohio State's 25th in a row at home, the fourth longest in school history. The longest streak was 50 in a row (1959-64 during the Jerry Lucas-Gary Bradds era), followed by 30 in a row (1990-92 with Jimmy Jackson) and 28 (2006-7 behind Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr.).

They play their next five games at home -- including the ACC/Big Ten Challenge showdown with Duke on Nov. 29 -- before next hitting the road to take on Kansas on Dec. 10.