Men's Basketball

Buckeyes power past Minnesota, stay unbeaten

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger grabbed one of his 13 rebounds in front of Minnesota's Ralph Sampson III in the Buckeyes' 82-69 victory that kept them undefeated. Sullinger also scored 18 points.
Ohio State's Jared Sullinger grabbed one of his 13 rebounds in front of Minnesota's Ralph Sampson III in the Buckeyes' 82-69 victory that kept them undefeated. Sullinger also scored 18 points. MCT

David Lighty scored 19 points and Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help top-ranked Ohio State remain unbeaten with an 82-69 victory at No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday.

Every starter for the Buckeyes (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten) scored 10 or more points as they stretched the second-longest winning streak in school history. William Buford had 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals for Ohio State.

"You can see the difference in experienced, physical players: They just kind of shoved us out of the way," Gophers Coach Tubby Smith said.

Blake Hoffarber led Minnesota (16-7, 5-6) with 16 points, while Ralph Sampson III and freshman reserve guard Chip Armelin each had 14 points.

No. 9 Notre Dame 76, Rutgers 69: Ben Hansbrough scored 25 points and Carleton Scott had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Irish to their fifth straight win.

Scott Martin had 14 points and Tim Abromaitis added 10 for the Irish (19-4, 8-3) who reclaimed sole possession of second place in the Big East.

Jonathan Mitchell scored 24 points for Rutgers (12-11, 3-8).

Notre Dame was 27 of 34 from the free throw line and scored only two field goals over the last 8 minutes. Rutgers was 8 of 12 from the line.

No. 19 Wisconsin 82, Michigan St. 56: Jordan Taylor scored 30 points and the Badgers handed the visiting Spartans their fifth loss in six games.

The loss was just short of the Spartans' worst ever to the Badgers, a 27-point defeat in 1972, and comes on the heels of a 20-point loss to last-place Iowa.

Wisconsin (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten) shot 59 percent from the field for the game, including 11 of 17 from three-point range.

"Well I don't think I've seen a barrage like that of shots made since I've been in the league," said Spartans Coach Tom Izzo, whose team endured its most lopsided loss of the season. "There were contested shots that they made. There were falling-down shots they made. There were acrobatic shots ...

"If they shoot like that, they'll win the national championship."

Kalin Lucas had 20 points for Michigan State (13-10, 5-6), which won the teams' earlier meeting in overtime.

No. 23 North Carolina 89, Florida St. 69: Freshman Kendall Marshall had nine points and a season-high 16 assists for the host Tar Heels, while classmate Harrison Barnes scored 17 points.

The Tar Heels (17-5, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led almost the entire way and ripped through the Seminoles' stingy defense to win for the 10th time in 11 games.

North Carolina's 89 points and 56 percent shooting were the most allowed by the Seminoles (16-7, 6-3) this season.

Chris Singleton scored 15 points to lead Florida State, which had won the past two meetings between the schools.

State men

Northern Kentucky 72, Drury 69: Chris Knight buried a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to extend the Norse's winning streak to five and hand Drury its first home loss of the season.

Drury, which trailed by as many as 23 points in the second half, tied the game at 69-all with 27 seconds left on a basket by Dennon Mitchell. The Division II 24th-ranked Norse (18-4, 11-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference) held the ball for the final shot, and Knight drained a 24-footer for NKU's 10th win in 11 games.

Knight finished with 14 points and five rebounds.

Nation women

No. 1 Baylor 84, Oklahoma St. 57: Brittney Griner scored 19 points, Destiny Williams added 17 and the top-ranked Bears achieved the best start to a season in school history.

Visits to Gallagher-Iba Arena hadn't been friendly even to the best Bears teams in recent history. Baylor was also 20-1 and on a 13-game winning streak when it played at Oklahoma State three years ago, but fell behind by 19 in a game controlled by the Cowgirls.

The Bears had another 13-game winning streak snapped in Stillwater last season.

This time, they had no trouble. Baylor (21-1, 8-0 Big 12) built a 20-point lead by halftime and then put away its 18th straight win with a 12-0 run early in the second half, when Griner finally got going.

Vicky McIntyre scored 12 points to lead Oklahoma State (13-8, 1-7), which lost starting point guard Tiffany Bias to an injury midway through the second half.

No. 10 UCLA 74, Southern California 67: Darxia Morris scored a career-high 24 points, Jasmine Dixon added 23 and the Bruins pulled away in the closing minutes for their fourth straight win.

Dixon grabbed 14 rebounds and Antonye Nyingifa added 13 points for UCLA (19-2, 9-1 Pac-10), who beat their crosstown rivals for the fourth straight time. UCLA continued its best start since the 1976-77 squad won 20 of its first 22 games.

Jackie Gemelos scored 16 points, and Cassie Harberts and Ashley Corral had 13 each for the Trojans (13-8, 5-5), who have dropped four of five and lost for just the second time at home this season.

No. 11 Michigan St. 76, Purdue 57: Brittney Thomas scored a career-high 22 points to help the host Spartans match the best start in school history.

Lykendra Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds and Kalisha Keane added 12 points, all in the second half, for the Spartans (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten), who built a comfortable lead with an early 12-0 run.

It was Michigan State's 18th straight win in Breslin Center, the second-longest streak in school history.

No. 12 Maryland 88, N.C. State 59: Lynetta Kizer had 22 points and 13 rebounds as the home team Terrapins (20-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had to play from behind early.

Maryland trailed by 12 with just over 13 minutes elapsed and 39-36 at halftime before storming back to extend their winning streak to seven. The victory gave Maryland its seventh consecutive 20-win season under coach Brenda Frese.

After taking a 55-50 lead, the Terrapins reeled off 21 straight points to turn the game into a rout. Maryland outscored the Wolfpack 52-20 over the final 20 minutes.

Kizer scored 18 points in the second half to complete her sixth double-double of the season. Kim Rodgers finished with 14 points and Diandra Tchatchouang had 11.

Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored 14 for the Wolfpack (10-13, 1-7), who were outrebounded 51-28.

Penn State 82, No. 20 Iowa 75: Alex Bentley scored 25 points in Iowa City as Penn State won its fourth straight.

Freshman reserve Maggie Lucas added 18 points, including four three-pointers, and Mia Nickson had 15 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (20-5, 9-2 Big Ten).

The Hawkeyes (17-7, 5-6) lost at Purdue on Thursday night, and will likely be knocked out of the Top 25 for the first time this season.

Kamille Wahlin had 24 points for Iowa with six three-pointers. Jaime Printy scored 20 points and Kachine Alexander had 12 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists.

Penn State led 44-32 at halftime. Iowa cut the lead to 54-51 on a fast-break layup by Kelly Krei, but the Lions responded with an 8-0 run.

No. 24 Georgia 81, Alabama 54: Freshman reserve guard Khaalidah Miller scored 22 points for the host Bulldogs.

Anne Marie Armstrong had 16 points, and Porsha Phillips had her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Georgia (18-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference). The Lady Bulldogs were without Jasmine James, who sat out to rest a sprained wrist that she injured seven games ago.

Ericka Russell led Alabama (12-12, 1-10) with 11 points, and Jasmine Robinson scored 10.

The Lady Bulldogs scored the first 10 points and were up 15-2 before Alabama made a field goal.

Aside from James, the other nine Lady Dogs all played and all scored, the first time this year that has happened.

Vanderbilt 103, Florida 97 (2OT): Five players scored in double figures for Vanderbilt, led by Tiffany Clarke and Stephanie Holzer, who each had 23 points. Clarke also added a career-high 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Hannah Tuomi also added 20 points.

The win was Vanderbilt's third in a row and just the team's third this season on the road as the Commodores improved to 16-7 overall and 7-3 in the SEC. Florida fell to 14-11 and 4-7.

LSU 76, Mississippi 38: Sophomore guard Adrienne Webb scored a game-high 23 points highlighted by six three-pointers and the Lady Tigers (16-9, 6-5) shot a season-best 57.7 percent from the floor to run at Ole Miss (10-12, 3-7).

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