Buckeyes cruise past Hoosiers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A lot of things were going Indiana's way before a native son did in the Hoosiers.

Deshaun Thomas, last year's Indiana Mr. Basketball, came out of a slump with 22 points to lead Ohio State (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 2 AP) past Indiana 82-61 on Sunday.

Thomas scored all the points during a 14-3 first-half run that spanned 3:36 and turned the game into a rout. He had managed just 13 points in his last seven games.

"After I hit my first two 3s, I felt kind of warm," said Thomas, a 6-foot-6 freshman who's prepared to pump up shots the minute he jumps out of bed. "I felt kind of comfortable."

Thomas, who Indiana coach Tom Crean had tried to recruit after he had verbally committed to Ohio State, was the story for the Buckeyes in the first half. He gave them a lift after starters Jared Sullinger, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale got in early foul trouble.

"Deshaun came in and gave us a tremendous boost," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "He hit a couple of shots and I told him during a timeout that I liked him making shots but I thought he was really playing hard on defense as well. That was a big focus coming into this game."

No. 16 Louisville 62, Pittsburgh 59, OT

At Louisville, Ky., Kyle Kuric scored 12 points, including two big baskets in overtime, and the Cardinals held on through a bizarre ending to the extra session.

The clock didn't stop after the basket, which put the Cardinals up 62-57, and the horn sounded. Some Louisville cheerleaders on the baseline raced onto the floor, with one male cheerleader grabbing the ball and tossing it in the air.

Officials called Louisville for a delay of game technical foul and put .5 seconds back on the clock. Pitt's Ashton Gibbs knocked down two free throws and the Panthers had one last chance to tie, but Gibbs couldn't get off a desperation heave in time.

No. 8 Purdue 67, Michigan St. 47

At East Lansing, Mich., JaJuan Johnson had 20 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks to lead the Boilermakers to their sixth straight win and into contention for a Big Ten title.

Purdue (24-5, 13-3) took control with a 16-5 run midway through the first half and turned the road game into a rout with a 19-4 spurt in the second half that gave them a 57-35 lead.

No. 12 Wisconsin 78, Northwestern 63

At Madison, Wis., Wisconsin is perfect at home for the third time under Bo Ryan.

Jon Leuer scored 26 points and No. 12 Wisconsin beat Northwestern 78-63 in its regular-season home finale Sunday night, securing a perfect 16-0 record at the Kohl Center this season.

No. 14 Connecticut 67, Cincinnati 59

At Cincinnati, Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and the Huskies pulled away late to snap a two-game losing streak.

UConn (21-7, 9-7 Big East) hadn't lost three in a row all season. It led for all but 29 seconds against Cincinnati (22-7, 9-7), but never by enough to get comfortable.

Jeremy Lamb added 17 for the Huskies, who went 10 of 19 from behind the 3-point arc.

No. 19 North Carolina 87, Maryland 76

At Chapel Hill, N.C., Tyler Zeller scored 25 points while freshman Harrison Barnes had 21 to help the Tar Heels pull into a tie with Duke atop the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Leslie McDonald added 15 points off the bench to break out of a recent shooting slump for the North Carolina (22-6, 12-2), which led the entire night for its 15th win in 17 games.

No. 25 Xavier 66, Dayton 62

At Dayton, Ohio, Tu Holloway scored 26 points, hitting the biggest shots down the stretch and helping the Musketeers remain alone atop the Atlantic 10.

Xavier (22-6, 13-1) retained its one-game lead over Temple heading into the final week of the regular season.

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