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Jay LaPrete, Associated Press
Ohio State's J.D. Weatherspoon, right, shoots over South Carolina Upstate's Jodd Maxey during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 23 points and No. 2 Ohio State welcomed back star forward Jared Sullinger in an 82-58 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes (9-1) were effective if not overwhelming in rebounding from a 78-67 loss at No. 13 Kansas on Saturday.

Sullinger, who had missed Ohio State's last two games, received polite applause when he entered the game at the 14:37 mark of the first half. He took his time getting into the pace of the game, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Torrey Craig had 20 points for Upstate (6-5), playing its third game in a monthlong, seven-game road swing. The Spartans, in their fifth season of Division I competition, and are 0-20 against teams from the six major conferences.