Thursday’s roundup: Ohio State women top Michigan
Ann Arbor — Chelsea Mitchell scored 27 points to help No. 7 Ohio State beat Michigan, 97-93, on Thursday night.
Shayla Cooper added 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes (13-5, 6-1 Big Ten).
Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan (11-7, 3-4) with 22 points, the 12th straight game where she had scored at least 19. Hallie Thome added 21 points and 12 rebounds and Kelsey Mitchell scored 14, 12 in the first half.
Ohio State threatened to blow the game open early, leading 31-17 after one quarter, but Michigan’s Mitchell, a senior, led a second-quarter rally that had the Wolverines back within 49-42 at the half.
Both Mitchells led their team in scoring in the half — Ohio State’s with 20 and Michigan’s with 12.
Flaherty’s five points in the first four minutes of the third quarter had Michigan within 58-53, but Asia Doss and Cooper helped the Buckeyes move the lead back to 12, and it was 74-62 going into the fourth.
The Wolverines were within 89-84 with 90 seconds to play, and Ohio State’s Mitchell missed as the shot clock expired, but Doss grabbed a key offensive rebound. Ameryst Alson split a pair of free throws and Siera Thompson hit two for Michigan to make it a four-point game with 33 seconds to go.
Michigan got as close as 93-90 when Alson missed a pair of free throws, but Cooper clinched the game with four straight from the line.
The Buckeyes extended their school record to 11 straight games with 80 or more points.
Big Ten men
(At) No. 22 Purdue 75, Ohio State 64: P.J. Thompson scored 10 of his 12 points in the final seven minutes, and the Boilermakers made six free throws in the final minute to pull away.
A.J. Hammons scored 16 for Purdue (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten), which won its third straight.
Ohio State (12-8, 4-3) was led by Jae’Sean Tate, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 9 Iowa 90, (at) Rutgers 76: Peter Jok scored a career-high 29 and Iowa shook off pesky Rutgers in the second half.
Jarrod Uthoff and Anthony Clemmons scored 20 apiece as the Hawkeyes (15-3, 6-0) won their eighth straight.
Mike Williams had 17 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (6-14, 0-7).
Wisconsin 66, (at) Penn State 60: Ethan Happ had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Badgers held off the Nittany Lions.
Nigel Hayes added 15 points for Wisconsin (11-9, 3-4), which won its second straight Big Ten game.
Brandon Taylor scored 13 and Payton Banks 11 for Penn State (11-9, 2-5).
Top 25 men
No. 12 Arizona 71, (at) Stanford 57: Gabe York made a long 3-pointer with 8:24 left on the way to 19 points, and Arizona (16-3, 4-2 Pac-12) survived a Stanford rally midway through the second half for its 12th straight win against the Cardinal dating to a loss on Jan. 4, 2009.
Grant Verhoeven provided a big lift in the second half for Stanford (10-7, 3-3), but the Cardinal went cold when it counted as Arizona pulled away for good.
At) Oregon 89, No. 21 Southern California 81: Elgin Cook matched his career high with 26 points and Chris Boucher had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Oregon (15-4, 4-2), who moved into a tie for second place in the Pac-12 with their 18th consecutive home win.
Freshman Bennie Boatright had 23 points and 12 rebounds, both season highs, to lead USC (15-4, 4-2).
No. 23 Kentucky 80, (at) Arkansas 66: Tyler Ulis scored 24 to lead four Kentucky players in double figures, helping John Calipari get his first win as coach of the Wildcats in Bud Walton Arena, where he improved to 2-4 all-time.
Jamal Murray scored 19 for Kentucky (14-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).
Dusty Hannahs had 20 points to lead the Razorbacks (9-9, 3-3).