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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Buckeyes spoil No. 2 IU's Senior Night

2013-03-05T20:45:00Z 2013-03-06T02:17:03Z COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Buckeyes spoil No. 2 IU's Senior NightThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 05, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

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 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. 24 Notre Dame 66, St. John's 40: 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 for a Big East win.

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.

Notre Dame has won eight straight final home games.

Iowa 63, Illinois 55: Devyn Marble scored 21 points and Iowa beat Illinois for its fifth win in seven games.

Josh Oglesby added 10 for the surging Hawkeyes (19-11, 8-9 Big Ten). They tied a school record with 12 blocked shots, including six from Gabe Olaseni off the bench.

Oglesby buried back-to-back 3-pointers to turn a two-point lead into a 54-46 cushion with 3:19 left. D.J. Richardson then missed a dunk and Marble followed with a three-point play that put Iowa ahead by 11 with 1:39 to go.

Brandon Paul had 18 points to lead Illinois (21-10, 8-9), which lost for just the second time in eight games. The Illini shot just 28.6 percent from the field.

No. 3 Duke 85, Virginia Tech 57: Seth Curry scored 20 points in his final home game, and Duke (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away to beat Virginia Tech (13-17, 4-13).

 No. 9 Kansas St. 79, TCU 68: Angel Rodriguez had 21 points and 10 assists, and Shane Southwell and Martavious Irving both added 15 points as Kansas State (25-5, 14-3 Big Eight) beat TCU (10-20, 1-16).

With the Senior Night victory, the Wildcats stayed tied with No. 4 Kansas for first place in the Big 12 with one regular season game to play.

No. 15 Marquette 60, Rutgers 54: Jamil Wilson scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including the late 3-pointer that put Marquette (22-7, 13-4 Big East) ahead for good, and the Golden Eagles rallied for a victory over Rutgers (13-15, 4-13).

Toledo 70, Northern Illinois 46: Matt Smith scored 16 points as Toledo crushed Northern Illinois to snap a two-game skid and move into a tie for first in the Mid-American Conference West Division.

Smith also blocked a career-high five shots for the Rockets (14-13, 9-6), who used a 13-0 run to lead 18-5, then maintained a double-digit cushion.

The Huskies (5-23, 3-12) have lost nine straight, starting with a 69-64 loss to the Rockets on Feb. 2. Toledo swept the season series for the first time since 2006-07.

Dominique Buckley added 13 points and Rian Pearson contributed 10 for the Rockets, now tied with Western Michigan following the Broncos' loss to Ball State.

Ball State 89, Western Michigan 85: Jesse Berry scored 28 points, including five 3-pointers, off the bench, and Ball State held off a late Western Michigan rally for a victory.

Jauwan Scaife added 21 points for the Cardinals (14-14, 7-8 Mid-American). Chris Bond had 16 points, and Majok Majok scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Shayne Whittington had 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Broncos (18-11, 9-6), who failed to clinch their sixth MAC West Division title. WMU is tied with Toledo atop the division, but the Rockets are ineligible for postseason play because they failed to meet NCAA academic standards.

Each team finishes its regular season Saturday. WMU hosts Central Michigan, while Ball State hosts Northern Illinois.

Illinois-Chicago 82, Cleveland State 59: Josh Crittle scored 20 points; Daniel Barnes added 16, and Illinois-Chicago beat Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

Gary Talton added 11 points for the fifth-seeded Flames (17-14), and Hayden Humes and Marc Brown chipped in 10 apiece. Illinois-Chicago shot 49 percent from the floor and was 8 of 17 from 3-point range.

Charlie Lee led the eighth-seeded Vikings (14-18) with 17 points, and Bryn Forbes had 16. Cleveland State shot 32 percent and was outrebounded 45-32.

The Flames opened the game on a 30-6 run, capped by an Ahman Fells tip-in with 7:10 left in the first half, and the Vikings never got within single digits again.

Illinois-Chicago moved on to face No. 4 seed Green Bay, which beat Milwaukee 62-46, on Friday in Valparaiso. The game will be the Flames' first in the quarterfinals since the 2008-09 season.

Youngstown State 62, Loyola 60: D.J. Cole banked in a driving bucket with 2.5 seconds left to lift Youngstown State to a win over Loyola in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

The teams' regular-season meetings also were decided in the final seconds, with the Penguins winning 68-66 on Jan. 5 and 60-59 on Feb. 7.

This time, Youngstown State (17-14) led by eight with 6:01 left but couldn't maintain its advantage. After Loyola's Devon Turk tied it with two free throws with 13 seconds left, Cole hit his game-winner. Joe Crisman's desperation heave from beyond half court was wide.

The sixth-seeded Penguins will play No. 3 Wright State on Friday.

Blake Allen and Kamren Belin scored 15 apiece for Youngstown State, Cole added 13 and Damian Eargle had 10 points and a Horizon League tournament-record seven blocks.

Christian Thomas' 16 points led the seventh-seeded Ramblers (15-16).

Green Bay 62, Milwaukee 46: Alec Brown scored 18 points; Keifer Sykes chipped in with 16, and Green Bay advanced to the second round of the Horizon League tournament with a victory over Milwaukee.

Jordan Fouse's lay-up with 11:15 remaining in the first half capped a 17-9 run for Green Bay (17-14) to begin the game. The Phoenix led 27-21 at halftime and put the game out of reach for Milwaukee with a 12-2 run to begin the second half.

Fouse finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Green Bay, which shot 33.9 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Panthers 47-35.

Milwaukee (8-24) shot a dismal 26.5 percent and was 5 of 24 from 3-point range. Paris Gulley led the Panthers with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Green Bay advances to play fifth-seeded Illinois-Chicago on Friday in Valparaiso. The Flames beat No. 8 Cleveland State 82-59 in their first round game Tuesday.

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