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By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Boban Savovic scored 19 points and started a 13-0%^$first-half run with a steal as Ohio State beat N.C.-Wilmington 80-54 on Sunday.%^$

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Wilmington (2-3) led by eight points midway through the first half but had%^$only two field goals over the next 18 minutes after Ohio State shifted to a%^$zone defense.%^$

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Savovic hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, 5-of-6 free throws and also had six%^$steals, five assists and five rebounds.%^$

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Zach Williams added 17 points. Twelve players scored for the Buckeyes (4-0),%^$who hit 51 percent of their shots from the field and held a 35-21 advantage in%^$rebounding.%^$

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Brett Blizzard, who scored 27 points in the Seahawks’ last game, was dogged%^$by defenders all night and finished with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting. He%^$needed just three points to total 1,000 for his career and scored his third and%^$fourth points on a basket at the midpoint of the first half.%^$

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Stewart Hare scored 11 points and Aaron Coombs – a surprise starter in place%^$of Tim Burnette – had 10.%^$

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The game swiveled during a 5:16 span in the first half.%^$

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The Seahawks stunned the Buckeyes with a 12-2 run, scoring six points on%^$rebound follows, to build a 20-12 advantage on Tim Burnette’s perimeter jumper%^$at the 9:09 mark.%^$

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After a timeout at the 7:54 mark, the Buckeyes came out in a zone and it%^$almost immediately paid dividends. Savovic stole the ball in the backcourt and%^$Brian Brown scored on a fastbreak layup to touch off a 13-0 run.%^$

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Wilmington missed all five of its shots from the field – never getting more%^$than one shot on each trip to the offensive end – and had three turnovers%^$during its scoring drought.%^$

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Meanwhile, four Buckeyes were scoring led by Terence Dials’ two baskets and%^$two free throws. He dunked off a backdoor cut, Williams assisting, and also hit%^$a layup off an assist from Brown. Williams had a three-point play and Brent%^$Darby scored on a 15-foot jumper.%^$

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Ohio State, which led 31-24 at the half, scored on six of seven possessions%^$after Brown’s layup at the 7:29 mark.%^$

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The Seahawks only had one field goal over the first 8{ minutes of the second%^$half as the Buckeyes scored 16 of the first 18 points after the break.