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No. 2 Ohio St. cruises sans Sullinger

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State coach Thad Matta got his 300th career win without his star.

Evan Ravenel scored a career-high 11 points in place of Jared Sullinger and No. 2 Ohio State beat Texas Pan-American 64-35 Saturday.

Sullinger had back spasms during the Buckeyes' win over third-ranked Duke on Tuesday night and will be re-evaluated before Ohio State (8-0) faces No. 15 Kansas in Lawrence.

Deshaun Thomas also had 11 points for the Buckeyes.

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Matta improved to 300-88 over 12 seasons, the last eight at Ohio State where he is 198-57.

Matta is a bit of an expert on back injuries, having undergone several surgeries. He saw Sullinger's MRI on Friday, which showed an aggravated disk.

"I feel as at that point I'm Dr. Thad because of all the rooms I've been in, all the operating rooms, recovery rooms," he said. "Just as they were going through the testing I'm going, 'That's good, that's good, that's good' and saying that from my own experiences."

Matta said Sullinger will be reevaluated Monday or Tuesday but feels the injury won't linger throughout the season. Sullinger has been averaging 19.1 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Jared Maree scored 13 points for the Broncs (2-7), who have lost the first three of a four-game road trip.

Texas-Pan American coach Ryan Marks was disappointed that Sullinger was not in the lineup.

"I think it was some mixed emotions because I think a lot of our guys would have like to say, 'Hey I played against that guy,' two or three years down the road," he said.

Ravenel, a transfer from Boston College, also tied a career high with seven rebounds for the Buckeyes. He entered the game averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.6 minutes.

"I know I'm not Jared Sullinger," Ravenel said. "Me and Jared are two different players."

Ohio State took a 31-14 lead into halftime when Aaron Craft hit a looping runner at the buzzer in an otherwise tepid shooting effort from both teams. The Buckeyes shot 46 percent from the floor while the Broncs shot 25 percent and had nearly as many turnovers (11) as attempts (16).

Matta is looking forward to his next win.

"I'm not going to get caught up on 300," he said. "I'd just really like to get 301 next Saturday."

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Three-hundred-game winner Thad Matta gives kudos to Buckeyes F Deshaun Thomas, who finishes with 11 points. (US Presswire)
Three-hundred-game winner Thad Matta gives kudos to Buckeyes F Deshaun Thomas, who finishes with 11 points. (US Presswire)
Texas-Pan American (2-7)142135
Ohio State #2 (8-0) «313364
TEXPA:J. Maree 13 Pts
TEXPA:E. Jefferson 5 Reb
TEXPA:N. Weiermiller 5 Ast
OHST:E. Ravenel 11 Pts
OHST:E. Ravenel 7 Reb
OHST:W. Buford 4 Ast

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Texas-Rio Grande ValleyOhio State
Jared Maree
Evan Ravenel
Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros
B. Provost, G321-70-02003
R. Cabrera, F282-52-24018
J. Maree, G266-90-030213
N. Weiermiller, G260-20-01510
E. Jefferson, F251-50-05012
A. Urbanus, G233-70-03038
J. Delgado, G160-10-03210
J. Cleveland, F130-11-20131
K. Arkwright, G110-30-00200
E. Mason, CDid Not Play
J. Moten, GDid Not Play
M. Yahnke, FDid Not Play
J. Oyervides, GDid Not Play
J. Sanchez, GDid Not Play
N. Sanchez, GDid Not Play
Totals 13-403-421101235
Ohio State Buckeyes
W. Buford, G261-70-05402
D. Thomas, F265-131-250311
A. Craft, G243-70-02316
E. Ravenel, F203-55-671111
L. Smith Jr., G161-40-06023
J. Sibert, G242-81-24107
S. Scott, G163-51-20107
A. Williams, C152-21-13005
J. Weatherspoon, F143-60-06106
S. Thompson, F142-52-23306
T. McDonald, C50-10-00020
J. Sullinger, FDid Not Play
A. Rogers, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-6311-154114964
Western Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
New Mex. St.11-328-659
Grand Canyon11-322-9131
Utah Valley6-817-17205
UT-Rio Grande Valley2-1210-22319
Chicago St.1-136-26317

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
Other games
NC 72 Final
Kentucky 73
Iowa St 66 Final
Michigan 76
Purdue 63 Final
XAV 66
Arkansas 62 Final
UConn 75
GONZ 75 Final
Illinois 82
MU 61 Final
Wisc 54
PITT 61 Final
Tenn 56
S Florida 42 Final
Kansas 70
PORT 53 Final
STL 73
SFA 42 Final
Tx A&M 55
Aus Peay 60 Final
Memphis 91
W Virg 62 Final
Miss St 75