After a stunning loss, the Indiana Hoosiers were on a mission to reaffirm just how good they were.
There was no questioning their ability Sunday.
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 with a huge road win in beating No. 10 Ohio State, 81-68.
Only three days after an upset loss at Illinois, the Hoosiers (21-3, 9-2) dominated the second half while making some history and staying in the thick of the Big Ten race.
The victory was Indiana’s first against a top-10 conference opponent on the road since 1993 at Iowa. It was also the Hoosiers’ first win against any team in the top 10 on the road since beating Notre Dame in 2000.
Aaron Craft had 16 points for Ohio State (17-6, 7-4) which dropped two games back with seven games left, crimping its chances of extending its string of three years with at least a share of the conference title.
The nation’s longest run of avoiding a losing streak (121 games) also ended.
Syracuse 77, St. John’s 58 — James Southerland scored 13 points in his first appearance in seven games, C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds, and the No. 9 Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East) beat the Red Storm for their 37th straight win in the Carrier Dome.
California 77, Arizona 69 — Allen Crabbe had 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the final seconds, and the visiting Golden Bears (14-9, 6-5 Pac-12) upset the No. 7 Wildcats (20-3, 8-3).
Illinois 57, Minnesota 53 — Tyler Griffey scored 16 points, and the visiting Fighting Illini (17-8, 4-7 Big Ten) went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a win over the No. 18 Golden Gophers (17-7, 5-6).
UConn 78, Seton Hall 67 — Shabazz Napier had 22 points, 9 assists, and 6 steals and led a second-half comeback that carried the visiting Huskies (16-6, 6-4 Big East) to a victory over the Pirates (13-11, 2-9).
Springfield 66, WPI 60 — Alex Berthiaume scored 20 points for the host Pride (16-7, 7-3 NEWMAC), who knocked off the last remaining undefeated team in Division 3, the second-ranked Engineers (22-1, 9-1).
UConn 91, DePaul 44 — Stefanie Dolson scored 23 points to lead the No. 3 Huskies (22-1, 9-1 Big East) to a romp over the late-arriving Blue Demons, who ran into blizzard-related delays and reached the arena only 75 minutes before the opening tip.
Stanford 69, Arizona State 45 — Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and had 14 rebounds, and the fourth-ranked Cardinal (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12) routed the visiting Sun Devils (11-13, 3-9), their 14th straight win in the series.
California 91, Arizona 86 — Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 20 points and had 12 rebounds as the No. 6 Golden Bears (21-2, 11-1 Pac-12) won their ninth straight, beating the visiting Wildcats (11-11, 3-8).
Penn State 71, Michigan State 56 — Alex Bentley scored 24 points as the eighth-ranked Lady Lions (20-3, 10-1) beat the No. 23 Spartans (18-6, 6-4) to win their 18th straight at home and build a two-game lead in the Big Ten.
LSU 62, Georgia 54 — Theresa Plaisance scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots, and the host Lady Tigers (14-10, 5-6 SEC) snapped a two-game skid with an upset of the No. 9 Bulldogs (20-4, 8-3).
Kentucky 75, Vanderbilt 53 — A’dia Mathies had a season-high 28 points, and the 10th-ranked Wildcats (21-3, 9-2 SEC) beat the Commodores (15-8, 5-5) for their second straight road win.
Wake Forest 61, BC 59 — Chelsea Douglas hit the winning jumper with 18 seconds left, Mykala Walker blocked the final shot, and the Demon Deacons (11-13, 4-8 ACC) withstood a late charge by the Eagles (9-14, 3-9) in Winston-Salem, N.C.
For BC, junior Katie Zenevitch had a career-high 24 points and seven rebounds.
Holy Cross 72, Lehigh 66 — Alex Cooper had a career-best 19 points as the Crusaders (12-11, 4-4 Patriot) topped the host Mountain Hawks (10-13, 2-6).
Providence 3, UNH 3 — Scott Pavelski’s equalizer with 3:26 left in regulation salvaged a draw for the No. 4 Wildcats (16-7-3, 11-6-2 Hockey East) against the visiting Friars (10-10-6, 8-6-5).
Harvard 1, Dartmouth 1 — Andy Simpson scored for the Big Green (11-8-4, 7-6-4 ECAC) and Marshall Everson answered for the Crimson (5-15-2, 3-12-1) at Bright Hockey Center.
Merrimack 4, UMass 2 — Josh Myers’s first goal in two months was the winner as the No. 20 Warriors (13-10-5, 11-6-2 Hockey Easy) beat the visiting Minutemen (10-13-2, 7-10-1).
Vermont 4, Maine 1 — The Catamounts (8-17-3, 6-8-3) scored four times in the third period and killed 11 power plays to top the visiting Black Bears (5-20-3, 2-13-2) in a record-setting win that gave Vermont its most Hockey East victories in team history.
Emily Walsh had a goal and an assist to become the Catamounts’ career leader in points at the Division 1 level with 50, and Brittany Zuback had a goal and two assists for the highest single-season point total in team Division 1 history with 23.
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On Saturday night in men’s basketball, Cameron Biedscheid scored on a layup with 1:19 left in the fifth overtime, and Eric Atkins and former St. John’s Prep star Pat Connaugton added free throws in the final 19 seconds as No. 25 Notre Dame overcame an 8-point deficit late in regulation to beat No. 11 Louisville, 104-101, in South Bend, Ind.
Russ Smith had a chance to tie it, but his 3-pointer missed before Notre Dame students flooded the court.
It marked the sixth time in the last eight meetings that a game between the Fighting Irish (19-5, 7-4 Big East) and the Cardinals (19-5, 7-4) went into overtime. The lead changed hands 26 times and the score was tied 16 times.
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The weekend storm continued Sunday to force scheduling changes: The women’s hockey game between UNH and UConn was changed to Monday at 7 p.m. In women’s basketball, UMass and Rhode Island postponed their game to an undetermined date; Northeastern and UNC-Wilmington will play March 9.