No. 14 Ohio State tops No. 2 Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft scored nine of Ohio State’s points in a decisive 11-2 run, leading the 14th-ranked Buckeyes past No. 2 Indiana 67-58 on Tuesday night.
Thomas finished with 18 points and Craft added 15 as the Buckeyes (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) won their fourth straight.
Indiana had big plans for Senior Night.
After clinching a share of its first conference league title in 11 years with losses by Michigan State and Wisconsin on Sunday, the Hoosiers (25-5, 13-4) were trying to claim their first outright Big Ten crown since 1993.
They will have another chance Sunday at No. 7 Michigan.
Cody Zeller scored 17 points and Christian Watford added 12 but the Hoosiers weren’t themselves.
Ohio State retook the lead midway through the second half when Indiana went more than 5 minutes without a basket, took control with the late run and never allowed the Hoosiers to get closer than six points.
No. 3 DUKE 85,
VIRGINIA TECH 57
DURHAM, N.C. — Seth Curry scored 20 points in his final home game and Duke pulled away to beat Virginia Tech.
Fellow senior Ryan Kelly added 18 points in his second straight strong performance since coming back from an injury for the Blue Devils (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They shot nearly 52 percent yet struggled for a while before outscoring the Hokies 32-10 during the final 12-plus minutes to finish unbeaten at home for the 17th time in school history.
Erick Green scored 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting to lead Virginia Tech (13-17, 4-13), which hasn’t beaten a team in the upper half of the league standings all season.
No. 9 KANSAS STATE 79,
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Angel Rodriguez had 21 points and 10 assists and Shane Southwell and Martavious Irving both added 15 points as Kansas State beat TCU.
With the Senior Night victory, the Wildcats (25-5, 14-3 Big East) stayed tied with No. 4 Kansas for first place in the Big 12 with one regular season game to play.
Kansas State seniors Jordan Henriquez, Irving and Rodney McGruder extended their career win total to 99, more than any class in school history.
Kyan Anderson had 29 points for the Horned Frogs (10-20, 1-16), while Devonta Abron added 10.
The Wildcats kept their distance for most of the game, but the Horned Frogs made it interesting early in the second half by slashing into a 42-27 halftime deficit with a 12-2 run.
No. 15 MARQUETTE 60,
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jamil Wilson scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including the late 3-pointer that put Marquette ahead for good, and the Golden Eagles rallied for a victory over Rutgers.
Vander Blue had 22 points and made two game-sealing free throws with 13.9 seconds left for Marquette (22-7, 13-4 Big East), which kept pace with Georgetown and Louisville for the regular season title with one game remaining. Junior Cadougan added points 10 for Marquette.
Myles Mack scored 11 points and Jerome Seagears added 10 for Rutgers (13-15, 4-13), which has lost five straight and 11 of 12.
The Scarlet Knights held their biggest lead at 35-23 early in the second half. Each time Marquette got close Rutgers answered but, with the Knights leading 50-43, the Golden Eagles went on a 12-2 run to take their first lead since 2-0. Wilson hit a 3-pointer with 3:05 remaining to make it 55-52.
No. 24 NOTRE DAME 66,
ST. JOHN’S 40
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jerian Grant had 21 points and eight assists, Eric Atkins added 15 points and Notre Dame held St. John’s to 18 percent shooting in the second half in a victory.
The Fighting Irish (23-7, 11-6 Big East) ended a three-game losing streak to the Red Storm (16-13, 8-9), who lost for the fifth time in six games. Notre Dame’s Cameron Biedscheid and Sir’Dominic Pointer of the Red Storm got in a skirmish with 1:46 left in the game. Both players were given technicals and ejected.
Jack Cooley, who only played 15 minutes was held scoreless Saturday against Marquette because of an illness, went 0 for 2 in the first half against St. John’s before scoring 12 points in the second half. He had 13 rebounds in his final home game.
JaKarr Sampson led St. John’s with 12 points and Phil Greene added 10.
No. 25 MEMPHIS 56,
EL PASO, Texas — Chris Crawford scored 15 points and Adonis Thomas added 11 and Memphis remained undefeated in Conference USA with a victory over UTEP.
UTEP’s C.J. Cooper had an opportunity to tie the game after being fouled from beyond the 3-point line but he missed the first free throw. He made the second and purposely missed the third in an attempt to rebound the ball and get the win. Tarik Black was fouled getting the rebound for the Tigers (26-4, 15-0 CUSA).
Julian Washburn led UTEP (16-13, 9-6) with 19 points and Cedrick Lang added 10.
Memphis out-rebounded UTEP 38-25, but the Tigers had 16 turnovers to UTEP’s 12.
Memphis led by as many as seven points with 12:31 left before UTEP tied the game on a fast-break layup from Jacques Streeter with 9:26 left.