COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP Monday’s games
No. 13 Ohio State 64, Nebraska 59
Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and No. 13 Ohio State beat Nebraska, the fourth victory for the surging Buckeyes in the last eight days. The back-and-forth game had seven lead changes in the second half. A pair of foul shots by Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr. cut Ohio State’s lead to four with 2:19 remaining, but the Cornhuskers couldn’t pull any closer. Jae’Sean Tate put the Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) up by six with a layup with 1:02 left, and a pair of foul shots by Kaleb Wesson stretched it to eight. Palmer hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, but Nebraska ran out of time. Palmer had a career-high 34 points. Nebraska (14-8, 5-4) was fresh off a 20-point upset of then-No. 23 Michigan on Thursday. Ohio State surpassed its win total for all of last season. Earlier in the day, it moved from No. 22 to No. 13 in the AP Top 25, its highest position since 2014.
TCU 82, No. 7 West Virginia 73
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Desmond Bane scored eight of his 15 points in just over a minute early in the second half. The Horned Frogs (15-5, 3-5 Big 12) got their first home win over a Top 10 team in nearly five years on the same day they dropped out of the AP Top 25 to end an eight-week run as a ranked team. Jevon Carter had 16 points and Sagaba Konate 14 for West Virginia (16-4, 5-3), as all five starters scored in double figures while losing for the third time in four games. Daxter Miles Jr. had 12 points, Lamont West 11 and Wesley Harris 10.
Virginia Tech 80, No. 10 North Carolina 69
Justin Robinson scored 19 points and Virginia Tech pulled away in the second half to beat No. 10 North Carolina. Ahmed Hill added 18 points for Virginia Tech (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Hill scored seven in a row to start the decisive 13-3 burst, which turned a 51-48 lead into a 64-51 advantage with just under eight minutes remaining. Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 16 points. Joel Berry and Luke Maye scored 23 points each for the Tar Heels (16-5, 5-3). North Carolina never got closer than eight points in the final eight minutes. The Hokies ended the first half on a 15-2 run to lead 39-32 at the break. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Berry sparked the Tar Heels early in the second half, but then Hill’s 3-pointer started his personal 7-0 run. As the final horn sounded, fans that had been chanting “just like football” streamed onto the court.
No. 14 Maryland 99, No. 12 Ohio State 69
COLLEGE PARK, MD.
Kalia Charles scored a career-high 32 points, Eleanna Christinaki added 26 with six 3-pointers and No. 14 Maryland cruised past 12th-ranked Ohio State in a duel for first place in the Big Ten. The Terrapins (17-3, 6-1) let a 19-point lead dwindle to 10 before limiting the Buckeyes to one field goal in a 16-6 run that made it 66-46 late in the third quarter. Christinaki, a transfer from Florida playing in her eighth game at Maryland, scored 21 points in the first half and Charles tallied 22 after halftime. The three-time defending conference champions now stand alone atop the Big Ten despite having a roster thinned by injuries and preseason transfers. Terps coach Brenda Frese used only seven players until the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. Kelsey Mitchell scored 15 for Ohio State (16-4, 5-2), which never led in its second straight Big Ten defeat. Since joining the conference in 2014, Maryland has a 64-4 record in league play (including the tournament).