Michigan tops NU in OT; Ohio State blasts Illinois
FINAL: Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds and Aaron Craft added 11 points and five boards as they teamed up to lead No. 9 Ohio State to an 83-67 victory over Illinois on Tuesday at Value City Arena. Ohio State (23-5) opened the game on a 19-4 run and shot 65 percent from the field (32-of-49). Ohio State also got a double-digit performance from William Buford, who scored 17. Meyers Leonard had 21 points, yanked down five rebounds, and knocked down 7-of-12 shot attempts and D.J. Richardson added 12 points for Illinois (16-12). The Buckeyes won the rebounding battle, 32-23. Ohio State never trailed in the game and its largest lead was 26, which came with 4:34 to go. With the loss, Illinois extends its losing streak to six games.
HALFTIME: Aaron Craft scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists as No. 9 Ohio State leads Illinois 42-26 at the half. Deshaun Thomas scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds, and shot 4-of-6 from the field for Ohio State, which led by as many as 22 points in the first half and never trailed. The Buckeyes were leading 9-4 when they used a 10-0 spurt to widen their advantage to a 15-point margin. Through 20 minutes of action, a major weapon for Ohio State has been shut down, as the Fighting Illini limited Jared Sullinger to three points, well below his season average of 17.5. Ohio State got points from seven different players. Meyers Leonard (14) and Brandon Paul (7) have shouldered the offensive burden for Illinois, scoring 21 of the team’s 26 total points.
FINAL: No. 13 Michigan dominated the extra session en route to beating Northwestern, 67-55, in overtime for the second time this season. Trey Burke sparked Michigan (21-7), as he scored 19 points, pulled down six rebounds and had four assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 points and Stu Douglass chipped in 12 for the Wolverines, who shot just 38 percent from the field (21-of-56). Reggie Hearn had a good game for Northwestern (16-11), with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 4-of-4 shooting from the field. John Shurna paced the Wildcats with 14 points and Davide Curletti added 12
HALFTIME: Reggie Hearn and John Shurna have teamed up to give Northwestern a 31-24 lead over No. 13 Michigan. Hearn scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, and shot 3-of-3 from the field, while Shurna scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds. The Wolverines were leading 19-13 before they allowed the Wildcats to make a late 18-5 run and take a lead into the half. The rebounding edge belongs with Northwestern, by a 17-8 margin. Tim Hardaway Jr. leads the Wolverines with seven points and four rebounds.
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