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No. 2 Buckeyes get back on track

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State did its best to forget its loss.

William Buford scored 23 to lead the No. 2 Buckeyes to a 71-61 win over Michigan State on Tuesday night.

It was a struggle for the Buckeyes (25-1, 12-1 Big Ten), playing for the first time since their unbeaten season ended Saturday at then-No. 13 Wisconsin.

"One loss doesn't make or break a season," said freshman center Jared Sullinger, who was limited to 11 points. "We just wanted to come out and get the win."

Jon Diebler and David Lighty each had 12 points for the Buckeyes, who finished the game on an 18-10 run to pull away.

Kalin Lucas scored 14 for the Spartans, who have lost six of their past eight.

"I wouldn't count us dead yet," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "This is a pretty good team if we can regroup down the stretch and get three guys to play together instead of just two."

No. 15 'nova 60, Seton Hall 57: Reserve freshman James Bell had a career-high 21 points for the visiting Wildcats (20-6, 8-5 Big East).

No. 19 UNC 78, Wake 64: Former Sickles High standout John Henson had 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the host Tar Heels (19-6, 9-2 ACC).

No. 20 Missouri 92, Texas Tech 84: Marcus Denmon, showing no aftereffects from a blow to the head three days earlier, scored 20 for the Tigers (20-6, 6-5 Big 12), who improved to 16-0 at home.

No. 22 Kentucky 85, Mississippi St. 79: Brandon Knight scored 24 to lead the host Wildcats (18-7, 6-5 SEC).

Miami 78, UNC-Greensboro 58: Adrian Thomas scored 18 and matched a career high with six 3s for the visiting Hurricanes (16-10).


Fight under review: The NCAA and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference officials are reviewing game film and witness statements about a fight that broke out in Monday's game between host Bethune-Cookman and Maryland-Eastern Shore. Referees suspended action with 16:22 left because of unsportsmanlike behavior on both sides. Bethune-Cookman was leading 32-21. The fight was broken up by game officials, security and coaching staffs from each school, and no police report was filed.

No. 10 DePaul 66, Rutgers 62: Keisha Hampton scored 22, including five 3s, for the host Blue Demons (24-3, 11-1 Big East).

Florida LB in hospital

GAINESVILLE — Florida freshman linebacker Neiron Ball was receiving treatment at a Gainesville hospital, school athletic officials confirmed.

"Neiron Ball has been diagnosed with a congenital vascular condition and is currently being treated at Shands Hospital," UF spokesman Steve McClain said.

The native of Jackson, Ga., played in all 13 games in 2010. He had 10 tackles, mostly on special teams, and one tackle for loss.

Arkansas St.: Chris Kiffin, son of former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, was hired to coach the defensive line. Kiffin is the younger brother of USC coach Lane Kiffin.

UCLA: Veteran assistant coach Joe Tresey was hired as defensive coordinator. Tresey, 52, who was defensive backs coach for the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks last season, spent 2009 as USF's defensive coordinator.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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