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Mary Ann Chastain, Associated Press
Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) battles for the rebound with South Carolina's RJ Slawson (33) and Lakeem Jackson (30) during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in Columbia, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Deshaun Thomas scored a career high 30 points and No. 2 Ohio State overcame the loss of star Jared Sullinger to defeat South Carolina 74-66 on Saturday and give Thad Matta his 200th win as Buckeyes coach.

Sullinger left in the first half after getting kicked in the left foot. X-rays showed no fracture, although it wasn't known if Sullinger would play against Lamar on Tuesday night in Ohio State's next game.

Even if he can't, Thomas showed he's more than ready to lead Ohio State (10-1). The 6-foot-7 sophomore hit 13 of 16 shots and surpassed his previous high of 24 points set last season against North Carolina A&T. William Buford added 17 points for Ohio State.

Malik Cooke led South Carolina (4-6) with 21 points.