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Ohio State's David Lighty gestures after making a 3-point shot against George Mason in an East regional NCAA college basketball tournament in Cleveland.

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CLEVELAND – No. 1 ranked Ohio State got off to slow start and trailed by nine points early in its NCAA tournament game against George Mason Sunday, but the Buckeyes (34-2) went on a torrid run and quickly overwhelmed the Patriots, eventually winning 98-66.

George Mason (27-7), the Cinderella story of the 2006 NCAA when the Patriots advanced to the Final Four, had no such magic working at Quicken Loans Arena. After leading 11-2 about four minutes into the game, George Mason watched the Buckeyes go on a 50-15 run for the rest of the first half to take a 52-26 halftime lead. The Buckeyes did not back off in the second half, leading 72-42 when William Buford nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with about 11 minutes to play.

Cleveland native David Lighty scored 25 points, hitting 9-of-10 from the field and all seven of his 3-point attempts. Buford and Jared Sullinger had 18 points each, while Jon Diebler added 13.

The Buckeyes advance to play Kentucky in the Sweet 16 in Newark, N.J., on Friday.

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