Monday Big Ten hoops roundup: OSU pulls away late
There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Monday, including No. 6 Ohio State putting away Wyoming, 65-50. Also, Minnesota fell to No. 8 Syracuse in the Maui Invitational. Catch up on all the scores and stats in this post.
SYRACUSE 75, MINNESOTA 67 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) C.J. Fair scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 8 Syracuse held off Minnesota 75-67 on Monday in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The Orange (5-0) pushed through a late run by the Golden Gophers, who pulled within 67-65 with little more than two minutes left. But Minnesota (5-1) committed four turnovers in the final two minutes, scoring only once more when Austin Hollins hit a meaningless layup in the game’s final moments.
OHIO STATE 65, WYOMING 50 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 20 points and Aaron Craft had all 10 of his points in a second-half surge to lead No. 7 Ohio State past Wyoming 65-50 on Monday night. Craft was scoreless and having a forgettable game until he began driving and scored 10 of the Buckeyes’ 13 points during a 13-4 run that turned the tide. Amir Williams added 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds – six more than his previous best – for Ohio State (5-0).
NORTHWESTERN 72, GARDNER-WEBB 59 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Alex Olah scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Northwestern Wildcats to a 72-59 victory over the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs Monday night. The 7-foot sophomore used his large frame to his advantage as Northwestern (4-2) won its third straight game. The Wildcats made 11 of their first 15 shots in the second half to break the game open.