Hoosiers Rebound to Pound Buckeyes
Arizona's Nick Johnson (13) looks to pass the ball under the basket during the first half against California of an NCAA college basketball game at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Miller)
Columbus, Ohio — Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 26 points, Cody Zeller added 24 and Christian Watford 20 to lead No. 1 Indiana back from a demoralizing loss to a huge road win in beating No. 10 Ohio State 81-68 yesterday.
The Hoosiers (21-3, 9-3 Big Ten), who dominated the second half, were coming off a stunning collapse that might have caused the undoing of many teams. On Thursday night at Illinois, the Illini went on a 13-2 run to close the game, with Indiana turning the ball over late and then allowing an uncontested layup at the buzzer of a 74-72 shocker.
Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer and an Indiana native, had 26 points for Ohio State (17-6, 7-4), which dropped two games back of the Big Ten leaders with seven games left, severely crimping their chances of extending their string of three years with at least a share of the conference title. Aaron Craft added 16 and LaQuinton Ross 11.
No. 4 Duke 62, Boston College 61
Boston — Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting the game-winning free throw with 26 seconds left to help No. 4 Duke rally from early and late deficits to beat Boston College.
Seth Curry added 18 points for the Blue Devils, who watched the three teams above them in the AP Top 25 lose to unranked opponents this week — and then nearly joined them.
California 77, No. 7 Arizona 69
Tucson, Ariz. — Allen Crabbe scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and California held its composure down the stretch to knock off No. 7 Arizona.
Cal (14-9, 6-5 Pac-12) rallied from a 15-point deficit behind its defense against Arizona State on Thursday before coming up just short in a 66-62 loss. The Bears did the same thing to Arizona, keying a big run that put them up 10 with their zone.
No. 9 Syracuse 77, St. John’s 58
Syracuse, n.y. — James Southerland scored 13 points in his first appearance in seven games, C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds and No. 9 Syracuse beat St. John’s.
It was the 37th straight win in the Carrier Dome for the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East), extending the nation’s longest active home streak in Division I. The win also gave coach Jim Boeheim his 35th season with 20 or more victories. Boeheim holds the NCAA record in that category.
Illinois 57, No. 18 Minnesota 53
Minneapolis — Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11-for-23 from 3-point range in a win over No. 18 Minnesota.
Three days after Griffey’s buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four. Abrams came off the bench for the first time this season after failing to score against the Hoosiers.
No. 3 Connecticut 91, DePaul 44
Storrs, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson scored 23 points to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a romp over late-arriving DePaul, which ran into blizzard-related travel delays and reached the arena only 75 minutes before the opening tip.
About 30 inches of snow fell in the area Friday. The game drew 8,861 fans.
No. 4 Stanford 69, Arizona State 45
Stanford, Calif. — Chiney Ogwumike had 26 points and 14 rebounds to help Stanford to its eighth consecutive victory.
Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 19 points and Joslyn Tinkle added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12), who have won 11 of 12 overall.
No. 6 California 91, Arizona 86
Berkeley, Calif. — Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 20 points and had 12 rebounds, Gennifer Brandon also had a double-double and California extended its winning streak to nine games.
Layshia Clarendon added 20 points despite a hip pointer in the first half, and Afure Jemerigbe scored 11 for the Golden Bears. California (21-2, 11-1) leads the standings and is bidding for its first Pac-12 title.
Davellyn Whyte had 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Arizona. The Wildcats (11-11, 3-8) committed 21 turnovers and had no answer for Caldwell and Brandon.
Brandon collected 22 points and 14 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double and seventh in the last eight games.
NO. 8 PENN STATE 71, NO. 23 MICHIGAN STATE 56
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Alex Bentley scored 24 points and Maggie Lucas added 19 to help Penn State earn its 18th consecutive home win and grab a two-game lead in the Big Ten.
Nikki Greene had 13 points for Penn State (20-3, 10-1), which closed the first half with a 21-7 run to take a five-point lead and opened the second half with another 21-7 run to build a 19-point margin.
Bentley continued her climb through the Penn State record books by becoming only the fourth Penn State player with 300 steals and the fourth player in the Big Ten with 1,500 points, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.
Annalise Pickrel scored 16 points for Michigan State (18-6, 6-4).
LSU 62, NO. 9 GEORGIA 54
BATON ROUGE, La. — Theresa Plaisance had 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, and LSU snapped a snapped a two-game slide.
Plaisance’s late-game failure at the foul line marred an otherwise dominant 20-point outing in a last-second loss to Tennessee on Thursday. But she came through in the clutch this time. She converted a strong inside move with 1:33 left to give the Lady Tigers (14-10, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) a 55-52 lead, and her defensive rebound inside the final minute forced the Lady Bulldogs (20-4, 8-3) to start fouling.
Jean Kenney closed an 11-point performance with six free throws in the final 1:04 to help seal the victory. LSU’s Danielle Ballard grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds.
Jasmine Hassell led Georgia with 18 points and tied a career high with 12 rebounds.
NO. 10 KENTUCKY 75, VANDERBILT 53
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A’dia Mathies scored a season-high 28 points, and Kentucky collected its second straight road victory.
The Wildcats (21-3, 9-2) are finishing the regular season with five of their final seven Southeastern Conference games on the road, and they followed up an overtime win at Arkansas by taking control late in the first half in this one.
Bria Goss had 15 for Kentucky, while Jennifer O’Neill and Samarie Walker each had 10.
Vanderbilt (15-8, 5-5) has lost five of its last eight, and the Commodores are 1-6 against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Tiffany Clarke had a team-high 20 points.