COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 3: Evan Ravenel #30 of the Ohio State Buckeyes pulls in a rebound against the Texas Pan American Broncs on December 3, 2011 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated UTPA 64-35. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes played to a relatively easy win on Saturday, when they beat the Texas-Pan American Broncs by a wide margin of 64-35. It was OSU coach Thad Matta's 300th career win, and it came without Jared Sullinger in the lineup. Sillinger had back spasms during the team's win over the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday, and was kept out this matchup. He might have been able to play, but it wasn't worth risking against this opponent. He'll be re-evaluated before Ohio State's next game, when they take on the No. 15 Kansas.
Evan Ravenel stepped up in place of Sullinger, scoring a career high 11 points with seven rebounds and an assist. He went three for five on his shot attempts and five for six on his free throws. Ohio State frustrated Texas-Pan American early in the first half and forced them into multiple shot clock violations. They didn't shoot well themselves, shooting just 46%, but they still took a 31-14 lead into the half.
Jared Maree led the way for the Broncs, with 13 points and three rebounds, but was the lone bright spot for the them, as the rest of the starters combined for just 3 for 19 on shooting attempts. The bench went three for twelve on their attempts. Ohio State moves to 7-0 and will next take on Kansas.