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No. 3 Buckeyes Use Big First Half to Dismantle Roos

  • Michigan's Mitch McGary, right, drives the basket as he is guarded by Kansas State's Thomas Gipson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Michigan's Mitch McGary, right, drives the basket as he is guarded by Kansas State's Thomas Gipson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Michigan's Mitch McGary, right, drives the basket as he is guarded by Kansas State's Thomas Gipson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Michigan's Mitch McGary, right, drives the basket as he is guarded by Kansas State's Thomas Gipson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III drives to the basket between Kansas State's D.J. Johnson, left, and Martavious Irving, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Michigan's Glenn Robinson III drives to the basket between Kansas State's D.J. Johnson, left, and Martavious Irving, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III drives to the basket between Kansas State's D.J. Johnson, left, and Martavious Irving, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Michigan's Glenn Robinson III drives to the basket between Kansas State's D.J. Johnson, left, and Martavious Irving, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Michigan's Mitch McGary, right, drives the basket as he is guarded by Kansas State's Thomas Gipson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
  • Michigan's Mitch McGary, right, drives the basket as he is guarded by Kansas State's Thomas Gipson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III drives to the basket between Kansas State's D.J. Johnson, left, and Martavious Irving, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III drives to the basket between Kansas State's D.J. Johnson, left, and Martavious Irving, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Columbus, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 15 of his 21 points as No. 3 Ohio State coasted to a huge first-half lead on the way to a 91-45 victory against overmatched Missouri-Kansas City last night.

The game was the final tuneup for the Buckeyes (4-0) before their ACC/Big Ten Showdown matchup against No. 5 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night.

Estan Tyler and Thomas Staton each had seven points for the Roos (2-3).

No. 4 Michigan 71, Kansas St. 57

New York — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points before he left late in the game after he was kneed in the head, and No. 4 Michigan beat Kansas State to win the NIT Season Tipoff.

Glenn Robinson III had 12 rebounds, and Trey Burke and Jon Horford had 10 points each for the Wolverines. Hardaway made 10 of 15 shots from the field before he was hurt with about four minutes left. He returned to the bench just in time to celebrate with the rest of his team.

Michigan (5-0) won the tournament, previously known as the Preseason NIT, for the first time.

No. 5 Duke 67, VCU 58

Paradise Island, Bahamas — Mason Plumlee, a 6-foot-10 center who helped break VCU’s pressure, had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Duke tover the Rams in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Plumlee, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds in the opening-round win over Minnesota, brought the ball across midcourt several times in each half to help the Blue Devils withstand the pressure defense VCU calls “havoc.”

The Blue Devils (5-0) will meet the winner of the game between No. 2 Louisville and No. 13 Missouri in the championship game tonight.

No. 7 Florida 79, UCF 66

Gainesville, Fla. — Kenny Boynton scored a season-high 24 points, Scottie Wilbekin added a career-best 17 and Florida beat UCF.

The Gators (5-0) overcame a sluggish start, dominated the paint and pressed the Knights (3-2) into a bevy of turnovers.

No. 8 Kentucky 104
LIU-Brooklyn 75

Lexington, Ky. — Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin each scored 22 points and the Wildcats ran away from winless LIU-Brooklyn.

Goodwin added nine rebounds and nine assists. Poythress also had nine rebounds as the Wildcats (4-1) won their third in a row.

Women

No. 2 UConn 81, Marist 39

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands — Freshman Breanna Stewart had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Connecticut continue to roll through the Paradise Jam tournament.

UConn (4-0), which routed Wake Forest 95-34 on Thursday, will close out the tournament today against No. 14 Purdue. The Boilermakers also are undefeated in the tournament.

No. 3 Baylor 92, Liberty 60

Waco, Texas — Kimetria Hayden scored 12 of her 18 points in the game’s first 5½ minutes and third-ranked Baylor cruised to a victory against turnover-prone Liberty.

No. 4 Duke 90, Valparaiso 45

Durham, n.c. — Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points to help Duke beat Valparaiso.

No. 5 Notre Dame 76
No. 19 UCLA 64

Los Angeles — Freshman Jewell Loyd had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and No. 5 Notre Dame beat UCLA.

Diggins had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, but shot 5 of 17 and committed four turnovers.

Natalie Achonwa had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (4-0), who shot 29 of 60 (48.3 percent) to UCLA’s 24 of 61 (39.3 percent).

Loyd, who shot 8 of 12 including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, made three straight baskets midway through the first half to cap a 15-2 run that put the Irish ahead for good.

Markel Walker had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Alyssia Brewer scored 10 points for the Bruins (2-1), who played without junior point guard, Thea Lemberger, sidelined by a sprained left knee.