UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 4 Ohio State beat Rhode Island 69-58 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Connecticut on Saturday.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 15 points, Aaron Craft had 13 points and four assists for the Buckeyes (2-0) who struggled with the Rams (0-3) well into the second half.
Xavier Munford had 16 points to lead Rhode Island, which trailed by just four at halftime.
The Rams were down just six when Craft hit a 3-point shot that bounced around the rim and in with 6:45 left and then stole the ball on the other end of the court.
That led to a technical foul on Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Jamaal Franklin scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half to put No. 23 San Diego State up early, and James Rahon hit a key 3-pointer late in a win over Missouri State.
The Aztecs led 39-30 midway through the second half before the Bears rallied. Missouri State (1-1) pulled within 41-37 on Anthony Downing's basket with 7:13 left.
But the Aztecs pulled away thanks to 3-pointers on consecutive possessions from Rahon and Chase Tapley.
It was the second consecutive victory for San Diego State since the Aztecs lost the season opener against Syracuse.
Franklin finished with a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Missouri State was led by Downing's 16 points. Keith Pickens, who missed the season opener to rest injured knees, had nine points and six rebounds.
The Aztecs, playing the equivalent of an 11 a.m. game West Coast time, appeared groggy much of the first half and then found themselves engaged in a defensive battle usually seen in the Bears' Missouri Valley Conference.
The Aztecs outrebounded the Bears 52-34. Missouri State is in a rebuilding mode just two years after winning the MVC regular-season title, led by then-conference player of the year Kyle Weems, who graduated last season.
NEW YORK — Jack Cooley had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 20 Notre Dame to a victory over BYU in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Jerian Grant had 19 points — 17 in the second half — and Eric Atkins added 16, including the 3-pointer that gave the Fighting Irish a cushion after the Cougars had pulled within 63-61 with 4:28 to play.
Atkins hit the 3 28 seconds later and that was the fifth of six attempts from beyond the arc in the second half after the Irish had gone 1 of 7 from there in the first half.