Indiana rebounds to beat Ohio State
BY Associated Press
Monday, February 11, 2013
2/11/13 at 5:32 AM
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 to a huge road win, beating No. 10 Ohio State 81-68 on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
The Hoosiers (21-3, 9-3 Big Ten), who dominated the second half, were coming off a stunning collapse that might have caused the undoing of many teams. On Thursday night at Illinois, the Illini went on a 13-2 run to close the game, with Indiana turning the ball over late and then allowing an uncontested layup at the buzzer of a 74-72 shocker.
Less than three days later, the Hoosiers more than rebounded with a signature win in hostile territory.
Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten's leading scorer and an Indiana native, had 26 points for Ohio State (17-6, 7-4), which dropped two games back of the Big Ten leaders with seven games left, severely crimping its chances of extending its string of three years with at least a share of the conference title. Aaron Craft added 16 and LaQuinton Ross 11.
No. 4 Duke 62, Boston College 61: In Boston, Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting the game-winning free throw with 26 seconds left to help Duke rally from early and late deficits.
Seth Curry added 18 points for the Blue Devils, who watched the three teams above them in the AP Top 25 lose to unranked opponents this week - and then nearly joined them.
Olivier Hanlan scored 20 points for Boston College (10-13, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Duke (21-2, 8-2) won its fifth straight game.
California 77, No. 7 Arizona 69: In Tucson, Ariz., Allen Crabbe scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and California held its composure down the stretch to defeat Arizona.
Arizona (20-3, 8-3) never fully recovered after struggling against Cal's zone defense to open in the second half and had 17 turnovers to end a five-game winning streak.
Mark Lyons had 16 points, Solomon Hill added 13 and Brandon Ashley 12 for the Wildcats.
No. 9 Syracuse 77, St. John's 58: In Syracuse, N.Y., James Southerland scored 13 points in his first appearance in seven games and C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse.
It was the 37th straight win in the Carrier Dome for the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East), extending the nation's longest active home streak in Division I. The win also gave coach Jim Boeheim his 35th season with 20 or more victories.
St. John's (15-9, 7-5) had won six of seven.
Illinois 57, No. 18 Minnesota 53: In Minneapolis, Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11-for-23 from 3-point range to knock off Minnesota (17-7, 5-6).
D.J. Richardson had 13 points and Brandon Paul added 10 points for the Illini (17-8, 4-7)
Indiana's Christian Watford posts up against Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas during the first half Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Watford finished with 20 points for the Hoosiers. JAY LAPRETE / Associated Press