Buckeyes ahead in Big Ten
MINNEAPOLIS ( AP) — William Buford scored 24 points to spark No. 6 Ohio State, and Jared Sullinger backed him up inside with 23 points and eight rebounds to guide the Buckeyes to a 78-68 victory Tuesday over Minnesota that moved them a half-game ahead of Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.
Buford also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes (22-4, 10-3), who snapped back after a humbling home loss to the Spartans. With Sullinger drawing double and triple teams in the post, Buford was there to knock down the open jump shots on the wing.
Rodney Williams had 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Gophers (17-9, 5- 8), who tumbled into 10th place in the conference race. The Buckeyes pulled away with a 20-0 run over seven-plus minutes of the first half to build a 21-point lead.
No. 14 Florida 61, Alabama 52
Patric Young took advantage of Alabama’s suspension depleted frontcourt with 19 points in Florida’s win.
The Gators (20-6, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) scored the first 16 points of the second half to turn a tie score into a comfortable win after losing two straight games.
The Crimson Tide (16-9, 5-6) has lost two in a row without top two scorers and rebounders JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell, who are on indefinite suspension. Guards Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele did rejoin the team and the starting lineup after being held out for the LSU game.
Young scored 12 in the second half despite heading to the bench with four fouls halfway through and fouling out late. He finished 9 for 12 from the field. Erik Murphy and Bradley Beal scored 14 points apiece. Murphy made four of seven 3-pointers.
Steele led Alabama with 11 points
TCU 102, No. 11 UNLV 97
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Hank Thorns scored eight of his 32 points in overtime for TCU, which overcame an 18-point deficit to beat UNLV.
It was the first win for TCU ( 15- 10, 5- 4 Mountain West) over a ranked team since February 2007.
The Horned Frogs hadn’t led since the opening minutes of the game when Thorns started overtime with a layup to make it 87-85, and they didn’t give the lead up. Thorns made his eighth 3-pointer with 1:21 left, dribbling through a couple defenders and shooting over another one to make it 96-91.
Thorns led five players in double figures for TCU, which won its seventh straight home game.
Mike Moser had 22 points and all five starters scored in double figures for UNLV (22-5, 6-3).
Clemson 60, No. 22 Virginia 48
CLEMSON, S. C. ( AP) — Andre Young and Tanner Smith scored 13 points each and Clemson held Virginia to its second-lowest point total this season.
The Tigers (13-12, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) took control with an 18-9 run over the final eight minutes to give the Cavaliers (19-6, 6-5) their second straight loss. Virginia looked out of synch with outside threat Joe Harris playing in a cast after breaking his left hand in a loss to North Carolina last Saturday.
Harris came in averaging 12 points a game, but was limited to two points on 1- of- 5 shooting.
Jontel Evans led the Cavaliers with 17 points and star Mike Scott finished with 13, four below his team-leading average.
Devin Booker added 10 points for the Tigers.