Sunday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Monday, February 28, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Thomas, last year’s Indiana Mr. Basketball, came out of a slump with 22 points to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Indiana 82-61 on Sunday.
Thomas scored all the points during a 14-3 first-half run that spanned 3:36 and turned the game into a rout. He had managed just 13 points in his last seven games.
William Buford added 15 points and Jon Diebler and David Lighty each had 11 for the Buckeyes (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten), likely to ascend to No. 1 next week after top-ranked Duke lost at Virginia Tech on Saturday night. The defeat was Indiana’s sixth in a row to Ohio State.
Verdell Jones III had 14 points for the Hoosiers (12-17, 3-13), who have lost six in a row and remain the only Big Ten team without a road win this season (0-10).
No. 16 Louisville 62, Pittsburgh 59, OT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kyle Kuric scored 12 points, including two big baskets in overtime, and the Cardinals held on through a bizarre ending to the extra session.
The clock didn’t stop after the basket, which put the Cardinals up 62-57, and the horn sounded. Some Louisville cheerleaders on the baseline raced onto the floor, with one male cheerleader grabbing the ball and tossing it in the air.
Officials called Louisville for a delay of game technical foul and put .5 seconds back on the clock. Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs knocked down two free throws and the Panthers had one last chance to tie, but Gibbs couldn’t get off a desperation heave in time.
Peyton Siva led the Cardinals (22-7, 11-5 Big East) with 14 points, while Gilbert Brown scored 20 points and Brad Wanamaker had 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Pitt.
No. 8 Purdue 67, Michigan St. 47
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — JaJuan Johnson had 20 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks to lead the Boilermakers to their sixth straight win and into contention for a Big Ten title.
Purdue (24-5, 13-3) took control with a 16-5 run midway through the first half and turned the road game into a rout with a 19-4 spurt in the second half that gave them a 57-35 lead.
The Boilermakers won both regular-season matchups against the Spartans for the first time since 1997 and handed them their worst home loss since Duke’s 22-point win on Dec. 3, 2003.
E’Twaun Moore scored 17 and Lewis Jackson had 16 points for the Boilermakers.
The Spartans (16-12, 8-8) had won two straight and three of four to improve their shot at playing in a 14th straight NCAA tournament.
No. 12 Wisconsin 78, Northwestern 63
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is perfect at home for the third time under Bo Ryan.
Jon Leuer scored 26 points and No. 12 Wisconsin beat Northwestern 78-63 in its regular-season home finale Sunday night, securing a perfect 16-0 record at the Kohl Center this season.
Jordan Taylor scored 16 points and Keaton Nankivil added 15 for Wisconsin (22-6, 12-4 Big Ten), which has won seven of its last eight overall. The Badgers finish the regular season with a pair of road games, at Indiana on Thursday and at Ohio State on Sunday.
Michael Thompson scored 19 and Davide Curletti added 18 for Northwestern (16-12, 6-11), which has lost two straight and four of its last six.
No. 14 Connecticut 67, Cincinnati 59
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and the Huskies pulled away late to snap a two-game losing streak.
UConn (21-7, 9-7 Big East) hadn’t lost three in a row all season. It led for all but 29 seconds against Cincinnati (22-7, 9-7), but never by enough to get comfortable.Jeremy Lamb added 17 for the Huskies, who went 10 of 19 from behind the 3-point arc.
Yancy Gates had 14 points for Cincinnati, which had won its last three overall to get in contention for its first NCAA tournament since Bob Huggins was coach.
No. 19 North Carolina 87, Maryland 76
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Zeller scored 25 points while freshman Harrison Barnes had 21 to help the Tar Heels pull into a tie with Duke atop the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Leslie McDonald added 15 points off the bench to break out of a recent shooting slump for the North Carolina (22-6, 12-2), which led the entire night for its 15th win in 17 games.
John Henson added 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots as the Tar Heels made up for a shaky shooting night with a balanced scoring effort and excellent rebounding.
Freshman Terrell Stoglin scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Terrapins (18-11, 7-7), while Jordan Williams had 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds before fouling out.
No. 25 Xavier 66, Dayton 62
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Tu Holloway scored 26 points, hitting the biggest shots down the stretch and helping the Musketeers remain alone atop the Atlantic 10.
Xavier (22-6, 13-1) retained its one-game lead over Temple heading into the final week of the regular season. It has won at least a share of four straight regular-season titles.
Dayton (19-10, 7-7) trailed by 11 before a late comeback tied it at 59 with 1:41 to go. Holloway made two free throws, then hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left for a 64-59 advantage. He scored 16 of Xavier’s final 24 points.
Chris Johnson had 22 points for Dayton.