NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Scotty Hopson scored 19 points, and Tennessee rallied from 11 points down in the second half to upset No. 18 Vanderbilt 60-51 on Tuesday night and sweep the season series from its instate rival.
Tennessee (17-11, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) has won two of its last three, and this time the Vols won by hitting their free throws when it mattered most. Hopson hit all six of his attempts as Tennessee, which hit only three of its first nine from the line, hit 11 of 12 over the final 2:52.
Melvin Goins scored 15 points, and Tobias Harris had 10 for the Vols.
The Commodores (20-7, 8-5) snapped a five-game winning streak. John Jenkins, the SEC’s leading scorer, had 11 points for Vanderbilt, two in the second half. Festus Ezeli had 11 points before fouling out, and Steve Tchiengang, who fouled out, scored all of his 10 points in the first half.
No. 2 Ohio State 89, Illinois 70 — Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio — David Lighty scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and William Buford had all 17 of his in the first to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Illinois 89-70 on Tuesday night, an impressive bounce-back game after two recent losses for the Buckeyes.
Jon Diebler had 13 points, Aaron Craft 12 and Jared Sullinger 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten), who had lost two of three after winning their first 25 games.
Mike Davis scored 18 points, Mike Tisdale 14 and Jereme Richmond 11 for Illinois (17-11, 7-8), in dire need of more wins to make the NCAA tournament field. Demetri McCamey was held out of the starting lineup but had 15 points and six assists.
The Buckeyes never trailed after tying it 2-2, building a 15-point lead at halftime and then trading runs with the Illini.
No. 5 Texas 76, Iowa State 53 — Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -— Jordan Hamilton broke out of a two-game shooting slump with 20 points and No. 5 Texas rebounded from its first loss in a month with a 76-53 rout of Iowa State on Tuesday night.
Tristan Thompson shook off an early flub when he tipped the ball into the wrong basket to finish with 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Longhorns (24-4, 12-1 Big 12). Hamilton and Thompson keyed a big Texas run at the start of the second half that put the game away.
Texas had won 11 in a row to grab first place in the Big 12 before losing at Nebraska last weekend. The Longhorns sent Iowa State (14-14, 1-12) to its 10th consecutive loss.
Diante Garrett scored 16 points to lead the Cyclones.
No. 16 Louisville 55, Rutgers 37 — Box Score
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Preston Knowles hit three 3-pointers in a game-opening 17-2 run that carried No. 16 Louisville to a 55-37 victory against Rutgers on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals (21-7, 10-5 Big East) hit six of their first nine shots from long range in opening a 19-point first-half lead and handing Rutgers (13-14, 4-11) its third consecutive loss and seventh in eight games.
Knowles finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, Kyle Kuric added 11 points and Louisville held Rutgers to a season-low point total in its second best defensive performance of the season.
Gilvydas Biruta had 12 points to lead the Scarlet Knights, who made 13 field goals in shooting a season-low 29.5 percent. The 37 points were the fewest for Rutgers since it had that many in a 2007 loss to DePaul.
No. 25 Xavier 100, La Salle 62 — Box Score
CINCINNATI — Jeff Robinson scored a career-high 22 points in his first start in 19 games and No. 25 Xavier rolled to a 100-62 victory against La Salle on Thursday night.
Tu Holloway, who became the first player in Xavier history with two career triple-doubles with his second on Saturday against Fordham, finished a rebound short of his third. He set a career high with 15 assists to go with 12 points and nine rebounds before leaving with 2:36 left in the game.
Mark Lyons scored 15 points, Jamel McLean had 12 and Kenny Frease and Jay Canty each finished with 10 for the Musketeers (21-6, 12-1), who have won six consecutive and 13 of 14. Xavier extended its record streak of conference home wins to 39.
Tyreek Duren scored 18 points to lead the Explorers (12-16, 4-9), who have lost three in a row and four of their last five.