Buckeyes off to best start under Matta
Top 25: Washington St. knocks off No. 15 Baylor, 77-71
The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Oakland, 92-63, on Thursday night, giving head coach Thad Matta his best start in his seven years with the Buckeyes.
Jared Sullinger added 16 points, Jon Diebler and David Lighty each had 13 and Aaron Craft and William Buford 12 apiece for the Buckeyes (12-0). Dallas Lauderdale matched a career best with six blocked shots.
Travis Bader had 17 points and Larry Wright 12 for the weary Golden Grizzlies (7-8), playing their third game in four days and fourth in six. Keith Benson, averaging 17.4 points a game, fouled out with eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Buckeyes started 11-0 in Matta's second season in 2005-6, ending up 26-6.
Leading by nine at the break, the Buckeyes broke free by scoring 11 of the first 14 points in the second half. Five players scored, with Lighty hitting a 3-pointer and Sullinger, Lauderdale, Buford and Craft each adding a basket.
No. 10 Georgetown 86, No. 16 Memphis 69 -- Box Score
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Austin Freeman scored 24 points and Georgetown pulled away for the road win. Freeman was 9 of 12 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range as the Hoyas (11-1) won their third in a row. Chris Wright had 19 points, and Julian Vaughn added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hoyas outscored the Tigers 46-33 in the second half.
Will Barton had 18 points for the Tigers (9-2). Will Coleman added 12 points and Tarik Black finished with 10, missing only one of his six shots.
It was Memphis' first loss since falling 81-68 to Kansas at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 7.
No. 11 Kansas St. 80, UMKC 64 -- Box Score
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Rodney McGruder, doing his best to make up for Jacob Pullen's absence, hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points for Kansas State. McGruder, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, was 7 for 10 from beyond the arc for the short-handed Wildcats (10-3), who dominated the slower and shorter Kangaroos most of the game.
Pullen, the Wildcats' captain and preseason All-American, was ordered to sit out three games right before the Wildcats lost to UNLV on Tuesday. Also absent for receiving impermissible benefits was forward Curtis Kelly, Kansas State's only other senior. The length of his suspension has not been determined.
Jay Couisnard had 21 points for UMKC and was 11 for 11 from the free-throw line -- matching Kansas State's team total from the line.
The Kangaroos (7-5) dropped to 1-15 against Kansas State.
Washington St. 77, No. 15 Baylor 71
HONOLULU -- Klay Thompson scored 20 points, including two key 3-pointers down the stretch, and Washington State held on for the upset in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic.
The Cougars (10-1), who nearly squandered a 20-point second-half lead, earned their fifth consecutive win. Five players reached double figures for Washington State, which advanced to Saturday's championship game.
Thompson, the son of former No. 1 NBA draft pick Mychal Thompson, made a 3 to give Washington State a 66-64 lead with 4:29 left. He hit another 3 with 1:10 to go and made two free throws with 32 seconds left.
LaceDarius Dunn scored 29 points for the Bears (8-2). Quincy Acy had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 17 Minnesota 85, South Dakota St. 73 -- Box Score
MINNEAPOLIS -- Colton Iverson scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, leading Minnesota to its fifth consecutive win. Devoe Joseph added 15 points and Rodney Williams had 13 points and six rebounds for the Gophers (11-1), who open Big Ten play next week at Wisconsin.
Clint Sargent led South Dakota State (8-4) with 23 points and Nate Wolters added 16. Sargent hit a 3-pointer to give South Dakota State a 60-59 lead, and later tied it at 63 with another 3-pointer.
But Minnesota countered with a 12-3 run led by Al Nolen and Iverson.
No. 19 Tennessee 66, Belmont 65 -- Box Score
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Scotty Hopson scored 19 points and drove the lane for a go-ahead layup with 5.7 seconds left as Tennessee ended a three-game slide.
The Volunteers (8-3) had a 62-56 lead with 2:47 to go, but the Bruins scored seven unanswered points. Jon House was fouled by Brian Williams as he hit a layup with 48 seconds left to make it 63-62, but missed the foul shot.
Belmont (9-3) answered a pair of free throws by Hopson with a layup by Mitch Hedgepeth before Hopson's winning basket. Kerron Johnson took a 3-pointer from the wing at the buzzer for the Bruins, but it rimmed out.
Tobias Harris added 17 points and five steals for Tennessee.
Scott Saunders led Belmont with 12 points. Hedgepeth had 11 and Trevor Noack 10.
No. 23 BYU 89, UTEP 68 -- Box Score
PROVO, Utah -- Jimmer Fredette scored 25 points and Jackson Emery added 23 on 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range, helping BYU snap UTEP's six-game winning streak.
The Cougars (12-1) fell behind 9-0 in their first home game in more than a month, but rallied to end UTEP's eight-game road winning streak that dated to last season.
The Miners built the early lead on a four-point play by Randy Culpepper and a three-point play off a putback by senior forward Jeremy Williams.
BYU came back with 3-pointers -- five in a 3-minute span -- and defense.
Claude Britten and Christian Polk both scored 15 points for UTEP (9-3).
BYU has won 26 of its past 27 home games.