No. 7 Buckeyes Win Tuneup Game
Columbus, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points — missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another — to lead No. 7 Ohio State past Winthrop 65-55 last night.
It was the last tuneup for the Buckeyes (9-1) before Saturday’s rematch with No. 9 Kansas. The Jayhawks beat them twice last year, once at Allen Fieldhouse and then in the Final Four.
Whether Ohio State was looking past Winthrop (4-5) and ahead to Kansas, or whether the Eagles just played well and the Buckeyes did not, the game was in doubt until Thomas got hot.
No. 9 Kansas 87, Richmond 59
Lawrence, Kan. — Jeff Withey had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Ben McLemore added 14 points and Kansas used another big first-half run to put away Richmond.
Travis Releford and Naadir Tharpe each added 11 points, and Elijah Johnson had seven assists for the Jayhawks (9-1), who will ride an eight-game win streak into Saturday’s showdown at No. 7 Ohio State.
No. 20 Michigan St. 64
Bowling Green 53
Bowling Green, Ohio — Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine scored 12 points apiece to lead Michigan State over Bowling Green.
Branden Dawson added 10 points for the Spartans (10-2).
Michigan State held Bowling Green (5-5) to just two points over a six-minute stretch in the second half to take control.
No. 3 Baylor 76
No. 10 Tennessee 53
Waco, Texas — Brittney Griner scored the first six points of the game and third-ranked Baylor had the first 17, extending its home winning streak to 45 games.
Griner finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, her third consecutive double-double and 47th of her career. Brooklyn Pope had 11 points and 16 rebounds.
Griner, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American, had nine of Baylor’s first 11 points less than 4 minutes into the game. The Lady Bears (9-1) won their seventh in a row since losing to top-ranked Stanford a week into the season.
No. 14 Louisville 75 Washington St. 39
Louisville, Ky. — Sara Hammond scored 18 points as No. 14 Louisville routed Washington State.
The Cardinals (10-2), who had lost two of their previous three games, shot 46.3 percent (31 of 67) compared to 32 percent (16 of 50) for the Cougars.
No. 16 Dayton 90, Akron 59
Akron, Ohio — Andrea Hoover and Cassie Sant scored 18 points as Dayton blew out Akron in nonconference action.
Samantha Mackay had a strong all-around game with 13 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and three steals for Dayton (11-0).
Olivia Applewhite added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Flyers.