Tuesday’s college basketball: Ohio State routs Indiana
Columbus, Ohio — Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points and No. 17 Ohio State took control early in cruising to a 71-56 win over Indiana on Tuesday night.
Kaleb Wesson added 14 points, and Keita Bates-Diop had 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Buckeyes (19-5, 10-1 Big Ten) bounced back from last week’s buzzer-beater loss to Penn State that dropped them three places in the AP Top 25 poll.
Devonte Green scored 20 for the Hoosiers (12-11, 5-6), who have lost three in a row and four of five. Indiana, playing its fourth game in eight days, shot just 36.4 percent from the floor after hitting better than 50 percent of its shots the past three games.
The Hoosiers struggled on defense, too. They had trouble stopping Wesson when he went to the basket in the lane. Ohio State scored 40 points in the paint.
Zach McRoberts hit two quick jump shots, one of them a 3-pointer, in the first 1:14 to put the Hoosiers up by one, but Ohio State reeled off 10 straight points and didn’t relinquish the lead again.
The Buckeyes led 38-23 at halftime on 5-for-5 shooting by Wesson. Indiana couldn’t get any closer than 12 the rest of the way.
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(At) Illinois 91, Rutgers 60: Kipper Nichols scored 19 points and Trent Frazier had 17 points to lift Illinois (12-11, 2-8) In just the second start of his career, Nichols also recorded a team-high six rebounds and team-high three steals.
Geo Baker led the Scarlet Knights (12-12, 2-9) with 19 points, while the Illini had five players score in double digits. Rutgers has now lost 11 straight conference road games and has won only one since joining the Big Ten in 2014.
(At) Iowa 94, Minnesota 80: Jordan Bohannon led six Hawkeyes in double figures with 20 points and Iowa rolled to its second straight home win.
Tyler Cook scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and Isaiah Moss had 16 for the Hawkeyes (12-12, 3-8), who’ve split their last six league games after starting 0-5 in the conference. Jordan Murphy had 21 points and 17 rebounds and Davonte Fitzgerald scored 16 for Minnesota (14-10, 3-8).
(At) No. 20 Clemson 82, No. 19 North Carolina 78: Marcquise Reed had 20 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer for Clemson (18-4, 7-3), which blew a 16-point lead.
Cameron Johnson scored a career-high 32 and Joel Berry II 27, including 19 in the second half, for North Carolina (16-7, 5-5).
North Carolina has its first three-game losing streak since the 2013-14 season.
Clemson fans rushed the court after the school’s second win over North Carolina since March 2004.
No. 6 Xavier 73, (at) St. John’s 68: Trevon Bluiett scored 14 points to lead No. 6 Xavier over St. John’s.
Bluiett was one of four players in double-figure scoring for the Musketeers (20-3, 8-2 Big East). Kerem Kanter and Quentin Goodin each had 13 points, and J.P. Macura added 11.
Despite a 31-point performance from Shamorie Ponds, the Red Storm (10-13, 0-11) dropped their 11th straight. Marvin Clark II added 19 points, and Bashir Ahmed had 12.
No. 11 Auburn 79, (at) Mississippi 70: Bryce Brown scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half to lead Auburn over Ole Miss for the second time this season. Brown made 9 of 16 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers.
Mustapha Heron added 16 points for the Tigers (20-2, 8-1 Southeastern Conference). Jared Harper had 13 points and seven assists. The Rebels (11-11, 4-5) were led by Deandre Burnett, who scored 16 points. Terence Davis, Markel Crawford and Devontae Shuler each added 11.
(At) No. 12 Oklahoma 98, Baylor 96: Trae Young scored 31 of his 44 points in the second half to help Oklahoma hold off Baylor.
Rashard Odomes scored 18 points, Brady Manek had 16 and Khadeem Lattin added 15 for the Sooners (16-5, 6-3 Big 12). Manu Lecomte scored 29 points and Nuni Omot scored 23 for Baylor (12-10, 2-7), which lost its fourth straight.
(At) No. 21 Kentucky 83, Vanderbilt 81, OT: Quade Green’s layup with five seconds remaining gave Kentucky an overtime victory against Vanderbilt. Kentucky (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) overcame a 57-46 deficit with 9 ½ minutes left to tie it on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s two free throws with three seconds left.
Vanderbilt (8-14, 2-7) rallied for a 79-78 edge before Knox finished a three-point play, and that was answered by Clevon Brown’s layup. Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 30 points for Kentucky, while Knox had 18 and Green 12.
No. 22 Rhode Island 85, (at) Massachusetts 83: Jeff Dowtin had 19 points and 10 assists, and Rhode Island escaped with a win over Massachusetts after the Minutemen botched an intentional missed free throw in the final seconds.
The Rams (18-3, 10-0 Atlantic 10) led by three with 1.8 seconds left when UMass’ Luwane Pipkins went to the free-throw line. Pipkins made the first shot and missed the second on purpose, but he was called for a lane violation while grabbing the rebound after throwing the ball off the front of the rim.
Rhode Island has won 13 straight games. Jared Terrell led the Rams with 21 points. Pipkins paced the Minutemen (10-13, 3-7) with 27 points.
(At) Georgia 72, No. 23 Florida 60: Yante Maten (Bloomfield Hills) scored 20 for Georgia (13-8, 4-5 SEC), which had lost three straight and five of six. Chris Chiozza scored 15 for Florida (15-7, 6-3).
(At) Central Michigan 81, Northern Illinois 67: Josh Kozinski broke Central Michigan’s program record for career 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Chippewas.
Kozinski did all his damage from long range, knocking down a career-high eight in 15 attempts for Central Michigan (14-8, 3-6 Mid-American Conference). The Michigan native has 275 3-pointers, topping the mark of 271 set last season by Braylon Rayson. David DiLeo finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double and third of the season. Cecil Williams chipped in with 13 points and nine boards, while Luke Meyer scored 12. The Chippewas buried a season-high 17 3-pointers in 41 attempts (41.5 percent).
Eugene German paced the Huskies (10-12, 3-6) with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Western Michigan 71, (at) Eastern Michigan 57: Brandon Johnson scored 14, and Bryce Moore and Reggie Jones each added 11 for Western (13-9, 5-4 MAC), which blew open a close game with a 51-36 advantage in the second half.
James Thompson IV had 24 points and 18 rebounds for Eastern (12-10, 3-6).
It was Western’s first victory in Ypsilanti since 2011.