Key scores 19, Ohio State routs Cincinnati 81-53 in Maui

Nov 22, 2022, 2:17 AM | Updated: 4:20 pm
Ohio State guard Bruce Thornton (2) makes a pass away from Cincinnati guard Landers Nolley II durin...

Ohio State guard Bruce Thornton (2) makes a pass away from Cincinnati guard Landers Nolley II during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

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              Cincinnati guard Mika Adams-Woods (3) gets a rebound along with guard Josh Reed (13) as Cincinnati takes on Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Cincinnati forward Viktor Lakhin and Ohio State guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Referee Amy Bonner hands the ball to Ohio State guard Bruce Thornton (2) as they take on Cincinnati during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Ohio State guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) dribbles around Cincinnati guard David DeJulius (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Ohio State guard Bruce Thornton (2) makes a pass away from Cincinnati guard Landers Nolley II during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Zed Key scored 19 points and Brice Sensabaugh and Bruce Thornton had 17 apiece for Ohio State, which raced past in-state rival Cincinnati 81-53 Tuesday in the loser’s bracket at the Maui Invitational.

Justice Sueing added 11 for the Buckeyes (4-1), who improved to 9-4 all-time against the Bearcats, including four straight victories. It was the teams’ first meeting since the 2019-20 season opener at Columbus.

Viktor Lakhin scored 12 for Cincinnati (3-3), which has lost three straight games.

Both teams were defeated by ranked teams in the opening round. Ohio State fell 88-77 to No. 17 San Diego State and Cincinnati lost 101-93 to No. 14 Arizona.

Cincinnati had a six-point lead in the opening two minutes but Ohio State used its size and athleticism to take control with a 38-27 halftime lead.

Cincinnati had only four assists and didn’t get its first until the second half.

Ohio State had 19 offensive rebounds that led to 27 second-chance points. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Bearcats 42-29.

Ohio State will play No. 21 Texas Tech in the fifth-place game Wednesday, while Cincinnati will face winless Louisville in the seventh-place game.

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