Ohio St. Avoids Upset

Columbus, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern 69-59 lastnight, the Buckeyes’ 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 points — all in the first half — with Sam Thompson adding 11 and Amir Williams a career-high 10 for the Buckeyes (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten).

Pesky Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) led throughout the second half despite having only seven scholarship players due to injuries.

Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 16 points, Reggie Hearn had 12 and Dave Sobolewski 10.

Minnesota 58
No. 20 Wisconsin 53 (ot)

Minneapolis — Andre Hollins hit the go-ahead 3-pointer midway through overtime to finish with 21 points and lead Minnesota over Wisconsin.

It was third straight game Wisconsin went to overtime.

Austin Hollins added 11 points for the Gophers (18-7, 6-6 Big Ten), who held the Badgers without a basket for about 11 minutes until Jared Berggren’s putback with 10 seconds left in the extra period.


No. 5 Duke 77, Va Tech 33

Blacksburg, Va. — Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters each matched their career high with 25 points apiece as Duke took a big early lead against overmatched Virginia Tech and cruised to its seventh straight victory.

The Blue Devils (23-1, 13-0 ACC forced 18 first-half turnovers and led 40-14 at the intermission on their way to their 29th consecutive road victory against an unranked opponent.

No. 7 Maryland 75 Clemson 45

College Park, Md. — Tianna Hawkins posted her 12th double-double of the season with 30 points and 12 rebounds and Maryland continued its dominance of Clemson. The Terrapins (20-5 overall, 11-2 ACC) have not lost to Clemson since a 63-61 setback on March 7, 2003, in the ACC Tournament.

No. 9 Kentucky 78
No. 14 S. Carolina 74

Lexington, Ky. — Kastine Evans hit two free throws with 8.8 seconds left, and No. 9 Kentucky fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat No. 14 South Carolina. Jennifer O’Neill scored 19 points for the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2 ACC).

No. 20 Delaware 86
Old Dominion 62

Newark, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 26 points in the first half and posted seven boards and six assists to spark No. 20 Delaware to its 16th straight win. Lauren Carra tallied 15 points and grabbed eight boards for the Blue Hens (21-3, 12-0 CAA).

, who won their 31st consecutive league game.