Buckeyes pass big test, smash Purdue
Top 25: Florida needs double-overtime to down Georgia
The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- William Buford had 19 points, Jared Sullinger added 17 and No. 1 Ohio State rolled past No. 12 Purdue 87-64 on Tuesday night.
Jon Diebler had 13 points and a career-high eight rebounds, Deshaun Thomas added 13 points, David Lighty scored 10 points and Aaron Craft had 11 points and six assists for Ohio State (21-0, 8-0 Big Ten), which ran its record to 62-4 all-time when atop the polls.
The Buckeyes and No. 4 San Diego State (20-0) are the only unbeaten teams remaining in Division I.
JaJuan Johnson had 22 points for Purdue (17-4, 6-2).
Ohio State, which shot 55 percent from the field and hit 11 of 19 3-pointers, used an 11-0 first-half run to take control and never let up.
The Buckeyes were ahead by 20 points at halftime after shooting 57 percent from the field and making 6 of 9 3-pointers.
No. 5 Connecticut 76, Marquette 68 -- Box Score
MILWAUKEE -- Freshman Jeremy Lamb had a career-best 24 points and Connecticut overcame a tough shooting game from Kemba Walker with a 13-0 run late in the second half.
Connecticut (17-2, 5-2 Big East) won its third road game in five tries this season after going 2-10 away from home last season. The Huskies held Marquette (13-8, 4-4) without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes.
Walker finished with a season-low 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting. The junior guard, who came in averaging 25 points per game -- second in the nation -- had nine assists and six rebounds.
Jimmy Butler scored 21 points for Marquette.
Lamb hit two jumpers, Shabazz Napier made a 3-pointer and Walker added two baskets that made it 68-60 with 2:26 left. Roscoe Smith and fellow freshman Napier finished with 11 points apiece.
No. 6 Kansas 82, Colorado 78 -- Box Score
BOULDER, Colo. -- Freshman Josh Selby scored 17 points and Kansas scored its last nine points from the free throw line to hold off Colorado.
The Jayhawks (19-1, 4-1 Big 12) bounced back from their first home loss since 2007 to beat the Buffaloes for the 16th consecutive time.
Alec Burks had 25 points for Colorado (14-7, 3-3), which had its 14-game home winning streak snapped.
Burks’ two free throws with 31 seconds left pulled the Buffs to 78-76, the closest they had been in the second half. Before the inbounds, Tyrel Reed was fouled and made both free throws.
Cory Higgins drove to the hoop to make it 80-78 with 24 seconds left, but Marcus Morris hit two free throws.
Kansas, which saw the nation’s-best 69-game homecourt winning streak end last weekend with a loss to Texas at Allen Fieldhouse, hit seven 3-pointers in taking a 43-39 halftime lead. The Jayhawks finished with 10 3s, four by Brady Morningstar and three by Selby.
Seton Hall 90, No. 9 Syracuse 68 -- Box Score
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Jeremy Hazell led a long-range Seton Hall barrage with 28 points and the Pirates handed Syracuse its third loss in a row.
Syracuse (18-3, 5-3 Big East) had lost two in a row to top 10 conference foes, on the road at Pittsburgh a week ago and on Saturday at home to Villanova.
Seton Hall (9-12, 3-6), which had lost three consecutive games, torched Syracuse’s zone defense for seven 3s in the first half, four by Hazell, and built a 13-point halftime lead.
Seton Hall, the worst shooting team in the Big East, finished 10 of 17 from beyond the arc and shot 54.1 percent for the game while holding Syracuse to 5 of 21 from long range and a season-low 36.1 percent from the field.
Jordan Theodore had 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Pirates.
Kris Joseph led Syracuse with 17 points.
No. 24 Florida 104, Georgia 91 (2OT) -- Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. -- Chandler Parsons scored half of his 18 points in the second overtime for Florida.
Trey Thompkins put back a missed shot just ahead of the buzzer at the end of regulation, capping Georgia’s rally from an eight-point deficit in the final 3 minutes. Florida (16-4, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) forced a second overtime when Erving Walker hit a long 3-pointer with 1 second remaining.
The Gators scored the first nine points of the second overtime. Parsons, who had 12 rebounds, hit a 3 from the corner and flew in for a putback that made it 96-88 with 1:40 remaining.
Walker and Kenny Boynton led Florida with 24 points apiece.
Travis Leslie scored 21 points for Georgia (14-5, 3-3), and Thompkins had 20 points and 13 rebounds.