NCAA basketball roundup

DeShaun Thomas of Ohio State drives past Trey Burke of Michigan, left, in the first half of Sunday's game at Columbus, Ohio. Thomas scored 20 points as Ohio State won 56-53.
DeShaun Thomas of Ohio State drives past Trey Burke of Michigan, left, in the first half of Sunday's game at Columbus, Ohio. Thomas scored 20 points as Ohio State won 56-53.


No. 15 Ohio State 56, No. 2 Michigan 53

Deshaun Thomas had 20 points and scored the first and last baskets in a 16-0 first-half spurt to help Ohio State beat Michigan Sunday, denying the Wolverines their first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years.

After Trey Burke, who led the Wolverines (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Buckeyes took the lead for good although there were many nervous moments by the finish.

Burke had a shot to tie the game with 17 seconds left, but it rattled around and out.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. then hit two foul shots with 12.7 seconds left and Aaron Craft added two more to seal the outcome for the Buckeyes (13-3, 2-2).

No. 22 Michigan St. 66, Nebraska 56

Derrick Nix made two free throws with a minute left and finished with 17 points to help Michigan State pull away for a victory over Nebraska.

The Spartans (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) have won three straight and kept the Cornhuskers (9-8, 0-4) from winning their first conference game this season.

Nebraska's David Rivers had 18 points, Dylan Talley scored 17 and Ray Gallegos added 12 points.

Spartans reserve Adreian Payne scored 14 points and Branden Dawson had 12 points.

Michigan State - and Dawson in particular - got a scare early in the second half when he was fouled and grabbed his surgically repaired left knee after tumbling to the court. Dawson later walked slowly off the court toward the locker room and was cleared to return much to the delight of the fans, who gave him a standing ovation. The sophomore standout showed his knee was very healthy in the final seconds, soaring to slam an alley-oop pass from Keith Appling for the final basket.

Evansville 71, No. 23 Wichita St. 67

Colt Ryan had 24 points and eight assists and Evansville made seven free throws over the final last 1:25 to hold off Wichita State.

The Aces (11-6, 4-1 Missouri Valley Conference) took advantage of a season-high 22 turnovers by Wichita State (15-2, 4-1) to win their fourth straight conference game.

There were 16 lead changes and 13 ties in the game. The Shockers' biggest lead was five points, while the Aces' was six points. Evansville had a 27-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

Providence 67, Seton Hall 55

Bryce Cotton scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half, leading Providence to a victory over Seton Hall in the Big East.

The Friars (9-7) captured their first Big East win after three losses. Former New London High School star Kris Dunn had six points for the Friars.


No. 1 Baylor 82, No. 17 Kansas 60

Brittney Griner had 33 points and seven rebounds, and Baylor had little trouble beating Kansas for the Lady Bears' 12th consecutive win.

Griner had 22 points in the first half, when Baylor (14-1, 4-0 Big 12) seized control. Odyssey Sims added 14 points and Brooklyn Pope finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Bears won their 26th consecutive conference game.

Their only loss this season was against then-No. 4 Stanford.

CeCe Harper came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points for the Jayhawks (11-4, 2-2).

No. 2 Notre Dame 71, Rutgers 46

Skylar Diggins scored 15 points to lead Notre Dame to a rout of Rutgers.

The All-American point guard led the Irish in scoring despite playing limited minutes. Coach Muffet McGraw benched her with 8:55 left in the first half after Diggins was whistled with a technical foul for jumping up and down in protest of a foul called against her. Notre Dame took a 37-17 lead into the break.

Diggins had scored nine in the first half and started the second half. She added six more before McGraw pulled her and other starters because of the lopsided score.

Notre Dame freshman Jewell Loyd followed with 14 points, helping to give the Irish (14-1, 3-0 Big East) their sixth conference home-opening win in the past seven seasons.

Erica Wheeler led Rutgers (9-7, 0-3) with 17 points.

No. 4 Duke 73, Wake Forest 44

Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points and Duke routed Wake Forest for its 38th straight victory in the series.

Richa Jackson added 10 points and Chloe Wells matched a season best with 10 points for the Blue Devils (15-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They shot 48 percent, forced 23 turnovers, turned them into 26 points and outscored Wake Forest 40-22 in the second half to remain the only unbeaten team in Division I.

No. 7 California 67, No. 5 Stanford 55

Gennifer Brandon had 14 points and 12 rebounds and California snapped fifth-ranked Stanford's 81-game winning streak against conference opponents in the second meeting between the Bay Area rivals in six days.

Brittany Boyd added 19 points while Layshia Clarendon had 14 to help the Golden Bears beat a top-5 opponent for the first time since a 66-52 victory against No. 2 Rutgers on Nov. 22, 2008.

Mikayla Lyles scored 11 of her career-best-matching 14 points over the final 6:04 of the first half as Cal (13-2, 3-1 Pac-12) took control on the way to snapping Stanford's 10-game winning streak in the series and three-year run of dominance against the conference.

No. 6 Kentucky 69, Missouri 43

DeNesha Stallworth scored 17 points and A'dia Mathies added 14 to help Kentucky extend its school-record winning streak to 15 games with a win over Missouri.

The Wildcats (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) scored the first six points of the game and never trailed, winning their 16th game this season by at least 18 points.

Sydney Crafton led Missouri (12-6, 1-3) with 11 points and nine rebounds.

No. 8 Penn St. 80, Nebraska 58

Alex Bentley scored 19 points and led a swift backcourt trio that created havoc all over the floor to help Penn State beat Nebraska.

Guard Maggie Lucas had 19 points on 5-of-16 shooting, while Ariel Edwards added 15 off the bench for the Lady Lions (13-2, 3-0 Big Ten), who won their seventh straight.

No. 9 Tennessee 78, Florida 75

Meighan Simmons scored 27 points, Bashaara Graves added 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Lady Vols beat the Gators in overtime.

Tennessee (13-3, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) snapped Florida's 15-game winning streak at home and won for the 44th time in 48 meetings.

After injuring her neck late in regulation, Graves returned and made a free throw that tied the game at 70 with 12.6 seconds remaining in regulation. She hit two from the charity stripe with 8.4 seconds left in overtime, forcing the Gators (13-5, 2-2) to take a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

No. 10 Maryland 74, Virginia Tech 45

Alyssa Thomas had 26 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks and Maryland took charge from the opening tip and beat Virginia Tech.

Thomas, the reigning ACC player of the year, added six assists for the Terrapins (13-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Maryland went ahead by double figures on three free throws by Katie Rutan 8:23 before halftime and the Hokies never got within single digits again.

No. 11 North Carolina 79, Georgia Tech 58

Megan Buckland scored 19 points and North Carolina rolled over Georgia Tech for its 10th straight win.

The Tar Heels (17-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 22 straight points to seize a 22-3 lead on their way to a 41-17 halftime advantage. Krista Gross had all 10 of her points during the early run.

North Carolina shot 53.3 percent (16 of 30) in the first half to 24.2 percent (8 of 33) for the Yellow Jackets (8-8, 1-4), who had won five straight over the Tar Heels.

No. 13 Georgia 42, No. 18 South Carolina 40

Jasmine Hassell scored 19 points as Georgia outlasted No. 18 South Carolina for its lowest winning point total in school history.

South Carolina (14-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference), led by Aleighsa Welch with 19 points, managed only one field goal in the last 13 minutes.

No. 14 UCLA 85, Washington 68

Jasmine Dixon tied her season high with 13 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, and UCLA overcame a turnover-plagued first half to beat Washington for its sixth straight victory.

Atonye Nyingifa had 17 points, Markel Walker scored 11 and Alyssia Brewer and Thea Lemberger each scored 10.

No. 18 Florida State 86, No. 24 Miami 65

Leonor Rodriguez scored 21 points and Natasha Howard had 20 points and nine rebounds as Florida State routed Miami.

Chelsea Davis had her third career double-double, getting 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Seminoles (13-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Chasity Clayton scored 14 points.

No. 20 Texas A&M 78, Auburn 56

Kelsey Bone had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Texas A&M to a victory over Auburn.

Kristi Bellock had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Aggies (13-5, 3-1 Southeastern).

No. 21 Oklahoma St. 64, Texas 52

Toni Young had 19 points and seven rebounds and Oklahoma State defeated Texas. Brittney Martin added 16 points and five steals, Liz Donohoe scored 15 and Tiffany Bias had 12 assists for the Cowgirls (13-2, 2-2 Big 12), who have won back-to-back games after dropping their first two conference contests.


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