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Ross, Smith each score 18 in No. 3 OSU's 79-62 win

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    Ohio State's Aaron Craft (4) ,right, and North Dakota State's Lawrence Alexander (12) scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

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    Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives low to get past North Dakota State's Kory Brown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

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    Ohio State's Sam Thompson (12) dunks over North Dakota State's Jordan Aaberg (44) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each scored 18 points to lead No. 3 Ohio State past North Dakota State 79-62 on tonight.

Freshman Mark Loving had a career-high 12 points, and Sam Thompson also had 12. Aaron Craft added six points and seven assists for the Buckeyes, who shot 53 percent from the field.

The game was part of the BlackRock Gotham Classic.

Taylor Braun led the Bison (7-4) with 21 points, while Marshall Bjorklund had 12 and Lawrence Alexander 10. NDSU shot 42 percent from the field and was outrebounded 36-26.

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