Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern, 69-59, Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio, the Buckeyes’ 32d consecutive home win against the Wildcats.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 points — all in the first half — with Sam Thompson getting 11, and Amir Williams had 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.
No one would have been surprised to see the Buckeyes blow out the Wildcats. They held a 111-45 upper hand all time against Northwestern, including 65-14 in home games.
The last time a Northwestern team had won in Columbus was Feb. 24, 1977 — when the original “Star Wars” was up for best picture and the Cincinnati Reds reigned as World Series champs.
Gonzaga 77, Saint Mary's 60 — Gary Bell Jr. scored 20 points and helped fuel a fast start to the second half that helped the No. 5 Bulldogs take a stranglehold on the West Coast Conference race with a win in Moraga, Calif.
Kevin Pangos added 18 points and Kelly Olynyk scored 17 for the Bulldogs (24-2, 11-0), who have a two-game lead over the Gaels (21-5, 10-2) in the loss column after sweeping the season series. Saint Mary’s ended Gonzaga’s 11-year run at the top of the conference by winning both the regular season and tournament titles last year.
Colorado 71, Arizona 58 — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 21 points and freshman Xavier Johnson added a season-high 19 as the host Buffaloes avenged a bitter overtime loss at Arizona with a rout of the ninth-ranked Wildcats.
Dinwiddie scored 19 points in the second half, leading the Buffaloes (17-7, 7-5 Pac-12) to their 11th win in 12 home games and sending the Wildcats (20-4, 8-4) to their second straight loss.
Louisville 72, St. John's 58 — Russ Smith scored 21 second-half points, including 12 straight over a 3:03 stretch that put the No. 12 Cardinals ahead for good.
Smith finished with 24 points for Louisville (20-5, 8-4 Big East) , which dominated the paint 32-16 and outrebounded St. John’s 45-37.
Minnesota 58, Wisconsin 53 — Andre Hollins hit the go-ahead 3-pointer midway through overtime to finish with 21 points and lead the host Gophers over the No. 20 Badgers.
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 overtime.
St. Francis (Pa.) 64, Sacred Heart 60 — Earl Brown turned in his ninth double-double as the visiting Red Flash snapped a two-game losing streak.
Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Red Flash (3-21, 3-10 NEC) won for just the second time in their last 12 contests.
Mount St. Mary's 84, Bryant 70 — Sam Prescott scored 44 points, nearly five times more than his season average of 9.2, to lead the Mountaineers in Emmitsburg, Md.
Prescott’s total was the most for the Mountaineers (11-13, 6-7 NEC) since they moved to Division 1 in the 1988-89 season.
Wagner 101, Central Conn. 82 — Marcus Burton scored 23 points with seven assists off the bench and Wagner overcame a career day by Kyle Vinales as the Seahawks downed the Blue Devils at Staten Island.
Wagner (14-10, 8-5 NEC) scored over 100 points in a regulation game for the first time since Dec. 15, 2007, when it beat Maryland-Eastern Shore, 105-86.
Quinnipiac 63, Robert Morris 61 — Ike Azotam hit a go-ahead free throw with 1:18 left and the Bobcats defeated the Colonials in Hamden.
Quinnipiac (11-13, 7-5 NEC) trailed 51-46 with 7:49 to play, but pieced together a 10-2 run over roughly the next 3 minutes and took a 56-53 lead on Izotam’s layup.
BC 61, Virginia 49 — Kerri Shields had a season-high 21 points and seven 3-pointers to lift the Eagles over the Cavaliers at Conte Forum.
Shields went 7 of 12 from beyond the arc for the Eagles (10-14, 4-9 ACC), while the Cavaliers (15-9, 7-6 ACC) shot just 1 of 15 3-pointers.
Kristen Doherty had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Tessah Holt had 13 points and five assists for BC. Katie Zenevitch added 12 points, including 8 during a 21-5 run late in the second half.
Duke 77, Virginia Tech 33 — Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters each matched career highs with 25 points as the No. 5 Blue Devils took a big early lead against the overmatched Hokies and cruised to their 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.
Maryland 75, Clemson 45 — Tianna Hawkins posted 30 points and 12 rebounds and the No. 7 Terrapins continued their dominance of the Tigers.
Alyssa Thomas added 17 points for the Terrapins (20-5, 11-2 ACC), who have won 13 consecutive games against the Tigers.
Penn State 81, Iowa 69 — Maggie Lucas scored 21 points to lead the No. 8 Lady Lions over the host Hawkeyes.
Ariel Edwards scored 15 points off the bench and Alex Bentley added 14 points for the Lady Lions (21-3, 11-1 Big Ten), who have won 15 of their last 16 games.
Kentucky 78, South Carolina 74 — Kastine Evans hit two free throws with 8.8 seconds left, and the No. 9 Wildcats fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat the No. 14 Gamecocks.
Jennifer O'Neill scored 19 points for the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2) .