Sullinger scores 21 as Ohio State routs Duke

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and three teammates were close behind as No. 2 Ohio State roared out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back in beating third-ranked Duke 85-63 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Buckeyes fans chanted "Overrated" at the Blue Devils in the final minute.

The Buckeyes (7-0) never trailed, weathering a Duke rally later in the first half and then leading by 20 for most of the second half.

"Sometimes you just get your butt kicked," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Austin Rivers had 22 points and Mason Plumlee 16 for the Blue Devils (7-1), coming off wins over ranked opponents Michigan and Kansas in their previous two games.

William Buford scored 20, Deshaun Thomas 18 and Aaron Craft 17 for the Buckeyes, who gave the Big Ten a 4-2 edge in the conference matchups.

Few would have expected such a lopsided result. Duke came in with a record of 11-1 in ACC/Big Ten games and had beaten its last five Big Ten opponents — including conference bullies Michigan State and Michigan already this season.

The Blue Devils had also won their last four games in which both teams were ranked in the top five.

Craft also had eight assists and five rebounds for the Buckeyes, who built a double-digit lead in the first half and were never really threatened the rest of the way.

They led by 24 with 15 minutes left after Craft banked in a 3 — he laughed after it clanked in. The Blue Devils responded with a 7-0 run to get as close as 58-41 but Ohio State continued to control the paint. Sullinger was fouled and hit two foul shots, then powered up a shot off the backboard for a 66-43 lead shortly before clock trouble allowed both teams to take a breather with 8:42 remaining.

Buford had 13 points (on 5-of-9 shooting) in the first half and so did Thomas (6 for 8).

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