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Freshman's 40 rally Ohio St.

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, shooting over IUPUI’s Mitchell Patton, hits 12 of 17 field goals and 16 of 23 free throws.

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Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, shooting over IUPUI’s Mitchell Patton, hits 12 of 17 field goals and 16 of 23 free throws.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jared Sullinger missed No. 2 Ohio State's shootaround earlier Thursday while he said goodbye to one of his favorite uncles at a funeral home.

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He got in his shooting later.

Sullinger set an Ohio State freshman record with 40 points, leading the Buckeyes back from a nine-point second-half deficit to beat IUPUI 75-64.

"I got to see my uncle for the last time," Sullinger said of the viewing for Harold Sullinger. "It was really tough. This game really does go to him."

The 6-foot-9 Columbus native hit 12 of 17 shots from the field and 16 of 23 free throws, both of which were also records, and had 13 rebounds as the Buckeyes (7-0) escaped on a night when the pesky Jaguars shot 51 percent from the field and constantly applied pressure.

The Buckeyes finished the game on a 34-14 run with Sullinger scoring 22.

"I thought our post guys could have a big night," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "I didn't know it would be this big."

It was the 23rd 40-point game ever by a Buckeye and the first since Dennis Hopson scored 41 in 1986 against Dayton. It was only the fourth time an Ohio State player has scored 40 or more in a game in the past 45 years.

IUPUI coach Ron Hunter said his game plan was to shut down Ohio State on the perimeter and force the Buckeyes' big men to do the job inside. "We just ran into a wall," he said.

Temple 68, No. 9 G'town 65: Ramone Moore scored a career-high 30 and the host Owls (6-2) held on to upset the Hoyas (8-1).

"I try not to let the big stage faze me," Moore said about playing in front of a national television audience. "I've always been calm playing basketball. I've been doing it my whole life."

Hollis Thompson missed a shot underneath that would have put Georgetown ahead with a few seconds left. Kahlir Jefferson iced it with two free throws, and Austin Freeman's halfcourt shot was off.

Moore was 12-for-18 from the field in the victory, which was No. 400 for coach Fran Dunphy.

UConn women post 87th win in a row

STORRS, Conn. — Maya Moore scored a season-high 31 and No. 1 Connecticut pulled within a game of UCLA's record 88-game winning streak with a 79-47 victory over Marquette.

The senior All-American was 12-of-18 from the field and had eight rebounds, four steals and five blocks.

The Huskies (9-0, 2-0 Big East) don't play again until Dec. 19 against No. 6 Ohio State.

The UCLA men's team set the Division I record in January 1974.

Angel Robinson led Marquette with 15 points.

No. 4 Xavier 65, Mid Tenn. 52: Megan Askew scored a career-high 17 and the visiting Musketeers (9-0) extended the best start in school history.

No. 5 Duke 83, Albany 48: Freshmen Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston both scored 15 as the host Blue Devils (10-0) coasted by the Great Danes.

No. 7 Texas A&M 100, Purdue 55: Danielle Adams tied a career high with 27 points and the host Aggies (7-1) cruised past short-handed Purdue.

No. 9 W. Va. 39, Villanova 36: Liz Repella scored 14, including the go-ahead basket with 1:26 left, and the Mountaineers (9-0) survived a 15-point second half in the schools' Big East opener. West Virginia led 24-12 at halftime.

Rutgers 70, No. 11 G'town 53: Monique Oliver had a career-high 21 points and 17 rebounds as the host Scarlet Knights (6-3) upset the Hoyas (7-3) in the Big East opener for both teams.

No. 19 Iowa 62, No. 16 Iowa State 40: Morgan Johnson had 16 points and the host Hawkeyes (9-1) routed the Cyclones (6-2) in their first meeting as ranked opponents.

No. 24 DePaul 80, Loyola-Chi. 48: Katherine Harry scored 20 to lift the visiting Blue Demons (10-1).

Freshman's 40 rally Ohio St. 12/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 12:24am]
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