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Buckeyes put up big points, blast Iona

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 12:54 a.m. CDT

Sam Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds, part of a dominating performance by Ohio State’s front line in a 95-70 victory over Iona in their West Regional game Friday night.

The second-seeded Buckeyes (27-7) have won nine straight, including their last five games of the regular season and a run to the Big Ten tournament title.

Deshaun Thomas had 24 points, as the Buckeyes’ fast breaks led to dunks and a season high in points, thrilling the large Ohio State contingent in Dayton.

Aaron Craft had a season-high six steals and seven assists for the Buckeyes. Shannon Scott tied his career high with 10 assists.

Tavon Sledge scored 20 points for Iona (20-14), which had 19 turnovers that led to 29 Buckeye points.

No. 10 Iowa St. 76, No. 7 Notre Dame 58: Freshman Georges Niang matched a season high with 19 points as the Cyclones dismantled the Irish in Dayton.

Iowa State (23-11), which led the nation in 3-pointers this season, were just as effective from close range in a surprisingly easy win over Notre Dame (25-10).

Melvin Ejim added 17 points for Iowa State, which shot better than 70 percent for much of the second half. Tom Knight scored 14 to lead the Fighting Irish.

No. 13 La Salle 63, No. 4 Kansas St. 61: Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and the Explorers blew an 18-point halftime lead before rallying to upset the Wildcats in Kansas City.

Wright scored a game-high 21 points for La Salle (22-9).

Jordan Henriquez and Shane Southwell scored 17 points each for Kansas State (27-8).

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