Dominant second half lifts Buckeyes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After enduring a four-game losing streak that stretched from mid-November into early December, Ohio State didn't wilt after a win on Saturday over No. 4 Kentucky.

The Buckeyes used a big second half and pulled away from Mercer 64-44 on Tuesday night at Value City Arena.

Ohio State (7-5) takes its first three-game winning streak of the season into a 48-hour Christmas break.

"All I know is I’m going to have a better Christmas," coach Thad Matta said. "We've had a tough stretch here. They get a couple days to relax. Hopefully, these guys get to enjoy a little bit of time with their families."

A rough first half that looked like a Kentucky hangover abruptly changed course when Trevor Thompson threw down a one-handed dunk on an offensive rebound to start the second half.

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BOX SCORE: Ohio St. 64, Mercer 44