No. 18 Ohio State tops Delaware State 60-44

By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) William Buford scored 18 points and carried the load in the second half to lead No. 18 Ohio State past Delaware State 60-44 on Saturday.

David Lighty added 12 points and Dallas Lauderdale had 11 for the Buckeyes (9-2), who shot 60 percent from the field.

Frisco Sandidge had 13 points for the Hornets (4-5), who lost their fourth in a row.

Ahead 25-17 at the half, the Buckeyes slowly pulled away.

The Buckeyes are still finding their way without Evan Turner, their leader in scoring (18.5), rebounds (11.4) and assists (6 per game). He broke two bones in his lower back on Dec. 5 and is hoping to be back by the Jan. 9 game at Minnesota, although doctors first predicted he wouldn’t return until early February.

Updated December 19, 2009