No. 9 Notre Dame survives Rutgers
Top 25: Taylor scores 30 as Wisconsin hands Michigan St. loss
The Associated Press
No. 1 Ohio State 82, No. 18 Minnesota 69 -- Box Score
MINNEAPOLIS -- David Lighty scored 19 points and Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help top-ranked Ohio State remain unbeaten with an 82-69 victory against No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday.
Every starter for the Buckeyes (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten) scored 10 or more points as they stretched the second-longest winning streak in school history. William Buford added 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals, and Ohio State marched forward in this challenging month on the schedule. Up next is a trip to No. 19 Wisconsin on Saturday.
Blake Hoffarber led Minnesota (16-7, 5-6) with 16 points, playing the second half with a limp and a brace on his left knee. Ralph Sampson III and freshman reserve guard Chip Armelin each had 14 points for the Gophers, who had a rough week that ought to push them out of the national rankings. They lost at Indiana on Wednesday.
No. 9 Notre Dame 76, Rutgers 69 -- Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Ben Hansbrough scored 25 points and Carleton Scott had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 9 Notre Dame to its fifth consecutive win, a 76-69 victory against Rutgers on Sunday.
The Irish (19-4, 8-3) reclaimed sole possession of second place in the Big East behind No. 4 Pittsburgh and will host No. 15 Louisville on Wednesday.
Scott Martin had 14 points for Notre Dame and Tim Abromaitis added 10.
Jonathan Mitchell scored 24 points for Rutgers (12-11, 3-8) while Dane Miller added 11.
Notre Dame was 27 of 34 from the free throw line and scored only two field goals over the last 8 minutes. Rutgers was 8 of 12 from the line.
Notre Dame pulled away from a 7-7 tie with a 17-6 run that included five consecutive points and a nice assist by Hansbrough. The Irish stretched the lead to 25-15 before a 3-pointer by the Scarlet Knights' James Beatty started a 7-0 run and got Rutgers within 25-22.
Notre Dame led 37-33 at halftime with Hansbrough scoring 10 points.
The teams battled evenly in the second half before two free throws by Martin started an 8-2 run that made it 51-43 with 12:36 to play. Consecutive 3-pointers by Rutgers made it a two-point game before a layup by Hansbrough sparked an 11-2 run that gave the Irish a 62-51 lead.
No. 19 Wisconsin 82, Michigan State 56 -- Box Score
MADISON, Wis. -- Jordan Taylor scored 30 points to lead No. 19 Wisconsin in an 82-56 pounding of Michigan State on Sunday, the Spartans' fifth loss in six games.
One month ago in East Lansing, the Badgers (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten) had a nine-point lead with 2:37 to play. But they collapsed down the stretch as Michigan State (13-10, 5-6) forced overtime and went on to the win.
Wisconsin was in control of Sunday's game from the start and never let up. The Badgers led 43-25 at halftime after shooting 65 percent from the field. They led by as many as 33 points in the second half.
Jon Leuer, who was held to 10 points in the Jan. 11 game at Michigan State, scored 20 on Sunday.
Kalin Lucas led Michigan State with 20 points.
No. 23 North Carolina 89, Florida State 69 -- Box Score
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Freshman Kendall Marshall had nine points and a season-high 16 assists to help No. 23 North Carolina beat Florida State 89-69 on Sunday.
Fellow rookie Harrison Barnes scored 17 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-5, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led almost the entire way and ripped through the Seminoles' stingy defense to win for the 10th time in 11 games.
North Carolina's 89 points and 56 percent shooting were the most allowed by the Seminoles (16-7, 6-3) this season, as the Tar Heels led by nine points at halftime and by double figures almost the entire second half.
Everything started with Marshall, who was thrust into a leading role with the abrupt departure of junior point guard Larry Drew II from the program on Friday. Marshall's 16 assists were the most by a UNC player in any ACC game and the most since Raymond Felton had 18 against George Mason in December 2003.