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Columbus, Ohio — A handful of big plays erased an afternoon of mistakes as Ohio State stunned No. 8 Iowa, 68-64, on Sunday.

Marc Loving, Kam Williams and Keita Bates-Diop all scored in double figures for the Buckeyes, and all three had big plays down the stretch as they finished the game on a 12-2 run.

“Being down and fighting and scraping and clawing. We came together. Timeouts got electric. The huddles on the floor were electric,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said.

He was especially encouraged because the Buckeyes won for the first time since losing spiritual leader Jae’Sean Tate to a season-ending shoulder injury. They were humbled 81-62 by No. 6 Michigan State on the same floor five days earlier in their first game without Tate.

“That (energy is) something a guy like Jae’Sean Tate usually brought to the table,” Matta said, adding the team connected with Tate via FaceTime from the locker room after the game.

Multiple Buckeyes were indispensable down the stretch.

Loving hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with less than 2 seconds to go to finish with 25 points and ice the game.

Bates-Diop added 19 points and preserved a two-point lead for Ohio State (19-11, 11-6 Big Ten) by blocking Mike Gesell’s layup with less than 5 seconds to go.

Williams gave the Buckeyes a 63-62 lead with a jumper with 2:04 left after Iowa led for most of the second half.

The last of his 11 points came on a 3-pointer a little over a minute later to stretch Ohio State’s lead to four.

“I’m just proud of our overall team effort,” Williams said. “Everybody stepped up in a big way. It’s good to see us keep fighting possession after possession.”

Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff each had 16 for Iowa (20-8, 11-5).

(At) Illinois 84, Minnesota 71: Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half as Illinois silenced Minnesota. Malcolm Hill added 22 points with seven rebounds and five assists as the duo combined to outscore Minnesota 33-31 in the second half.

Illinois (13-16, 5-11 Big Ten) shot 73.9 percent from the field in the second half, using a 29-8 run to open up the lead and run away with the game.

Minnesota (8-20, 2-14) led the entirety of the first half. But the Illini had nine steals in the second half to turn it around.

The Golden Gophers were playing without leading scorer Nate Mason (13.8 points per game), as well as guards Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer, who all missed Sunday’s game for a violation of team rules.

“Today was unfortunately not as much about wins and losses but more about the culture of our program,” said Minnesota coach Rich Pitino. “It was about making sure our guys understand that this thing is bigger than just basketball and we’re going to do what we believe is right.”

Stephon Sharp had a career-high 19 points, while Joey King added 17 for Minnesota before fouling out with 5:11 left.

Illinois freshman Jalen Coleman-Lands had 18 points in 22 minutes, going 5 for 6 from 3-point range.

Big Ten women

(At) Rutgers 72, Michigan 50: Katelynn Flaherty scored 21 points, Hallie Thome added 11 points and Madison Ristovski grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Wolverines in their final regular-season game.

Flaherty is just 14 points away from breaking the Michigan single-season scoring record of 659 points set by Jennifer Smith in the 2003-04 season.

The Wolverines (17-12, 9-9 Big Ten) trailed 18-15 midway in the second quarter, but Rutgers finished the quarter on a 16-8 run with Tyler Scalfe and Kahleah Copper combining for 13 of the points.

Top 25 men

(At) Seton Hall 90, No. 5 Xavier 81: Desi Rodriguez had career-highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds and Seton Hall all but clinched its first NCAA Tournament berth in a decade with the upset.

(At) No. 13 Oregon 86, Washington 73: Elgin Cook matched his career-high with 26 points as Oregon finished its fifth unbeaten home season in history at 18-0, and its first since 2001-02 when it won its only Pac-12 regular-season title.

(At) Pittsburgh 76, No. 15 Duke 62: Jamel Artis scored 17 and Pittsburgh gave its NCAA Tournament hopes a needed jolt. Senior point guard James Robinson added 14 points, seven assists and three rebounds in his final home game for the Panthers (20-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference).

(At) No. 24 SMU 74, Tulane 53: Ben Moore scored 16 and Sterling Brown added 15 as SMU (24-4, 12-4) moved back into a first-place tie in the American Athletic Conference with Temple.

Final Big Ten women’s standings

 

Conf.

Overall

 

W

L

W

L

Maryland

16

2

27

3

Ohio State

15

3

23

6

Michigan State

13

5

22

7

Indiana

12

6

20

10

Minnesota

11

7

19

10

Purdue

10

8

19

10

Nebraska

9

9

18

11

Michigan

9

9

17

12

Iowa

8

10

18

12

Rutgers

8

10

17

13

Penn State

6

12

11

18

Northwestern

4

14

15

15

Wisconsin

3

15

7

21

Illinois

2

16

9

20

     

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