No. 2 Ohio St. drops Michigan St.
Top 25: Lamb had 20 points in first start in nearly a month
The Associated Press
No. 2 Ohio State 71, Michigan State 61 -- Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- William Buford scored 23 points and Aaron Craft had a hand in two critical plays down the stretch to lead No. 2 Ohio State to a 71-61 win versus Michigan State on Tuesday night.
It was a hard-fought struggle for the Buckeyes (25-1, 12-1 Big Ten), playing for the first time since having their unbeaten season ended with a 61-57 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday.
Jon Diebler and David Lighty each had 12 points. Jared Sullinger, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds, was limited to 11 and 2. Craft, a freshman substitute point guard, had seven points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds.
Kalin Lucas led the Spartans (14-11, 6-7) with 14 points, while Adreian Payne and Draymond Green each had 10.
No. 15 Villanova 60, Seton Hall 57 -- Box Score
NEWARK, N.J. -- Reserve freshman James Bell more than doubled his career high with 21 points and No. 15 Villanova broke a two-game losing streak with a 60-57 victory against Seton Hall on Tuesday night.
Bell, whose previous high was 10 points against Delaware and who scored a total of 31 points this season, became the offensive star for the Wildcats (20-6, 8-5 Big East), who committed 22 turnovers, three over their season high and double their season average.
Jeremy Hazell had 25 points to lead the Pirates (11-15, 5-9) but he missed two shots in the final 13 seconds, the second a 3-point attempt to tie with 3 seconds to play.
No. 19 North Carolina 78, Wake Forest 64 -- Box Score
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina shot badly and didn't have a lot of intensity while playing in front of a home crowd that seemed almost bored.
Perhaps a demanding four-game stretch finally caught up to the 19th-ranked Tar Heels - even if it wasn't enough for them to lose to the Atlantic Coast Conference's worst team.
Tyler Zeller scored 18 points to help North Carolina beat Wake Forest 78-64 on Tuesday night, which kept it alone in second place in the league.
No. 20 Missouri 92, Texas Tech 84 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Sporting the look of a boxer with a row of stitches just beneath his right eye, Marcus Denmon got No. 20 Missouri going early with 18 first-half points.
The Tigers could have used a little more from their leading scorer the rest of the way, and a little more fight from the rest of the roster.
Kim English scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half and reserve Michael Dixon 13 points in a 92-84 victory against Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The Tigers (20-6, 6-5 Big 12) shot 58 percent but were tested in a run-and-gun contest that was light on defense before pulling away late to go to 16-0 at home.
No. 22 Kentucky 85, Mississippi State 79 -- Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari had seen enough. The Kentucky coach watched the Wildcats jog through 25 mostly uninspired minutes against Mississippi State on Tuesday night when he ordered his team to go to a fullcourt press.
The goal wasn't necessarily to turn the heat up on the Bulldogs, but on Calipari's own players.
"We just had no fire, no fight,'' Calipari said. ``I told them, 'We're pressing man to man and if you choose to go back, I'm subbing you.'''
Brandon Knight scored 24 points and Doron Lamb added 20 in his first start in nearly a month as No. 22 Kentucky held on for an 85-79 victory.