Posted December 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Pat Kelsey wasn't looking for a masterpiece. The Winthrop coach knew the only way his team could keep pace with seventh-ranked Ohio State was to slow the game, play tight defense and hope for the best. For 33 minutes, the game plan worked. In the end, Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points - missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another - to lead the Buckeyes past the Eagles 65-55 on Tuesday night. ''I told our guys, for us to be a good team, our game's got to be muddy,'' Kelsey said. ''They're sure as heck not a work of art. It's like a tractor pull sometimes. But that's who we have to be.'' Kelsey wanted his team to get back quickly on defense, to force Ohio State to make multiple passes, to put extra pressure on Thomas and to make open shots at the other end. Joab Jerome, who had eight points and 10 rebounds, said, ''We felt that we competed with them the whole game.'' The Buckeyes ...
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