COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 22 and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat shorthanded Northwestern 69-59 Thursday night, the Buckeyes' 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats.
Lenzelle Smith added 12 points — all in the first half — with Sam Thompson getting 11 and Amir Williams a career-high 10 for the Buckeyes (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten).
Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) led throughout the second half despite having only seven scholarship players due to injuries.
"I told the players, 'You can't panic,' " Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "It was all going to come down to our defense."
Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 16 points. The last time Northwestern won in Columbus was Feb. 24, 1977.
"We played with a lot of toughness for 37 minutes,'' said fill-in starter Kale Abrahamson. "It's just those last three minutes that we're going to regret."
No. 12 L'ville 72, St. John's 58: Russ Smith scored 21 second-half points, including 12 straight over a 3:03 stretch that put the host Cardinals (20-5, 8-4 Big East) ahead for good. In a game of spurts — the lead changed five times — Smith led the last and crucial one, a 14-5 run for a 46-38 lead. The Cardinals moved into a three-way tie for second in the conference.
Minn. 58, No. 20 Wis. 53, OT: Andre Hollins hit the go-ahead 3-pointer midway through overtime to finish with 21 and lead the host Gophers. The Badgers (17-8, 8-4 Big Ten) went 11:01 without a field goal until a putback with 10 seconds left in OT, totaling four points in the final 10-plus minutes of the game. Ryan Evans missed all five free throws he took in Wisconsin's 8:48 scoreless drought, dropping his season percentage to 40.3. Wisconsin went to overtime for the third straight game.
LSU 64, South Carolina 44: Johnny O'Bryant had a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Tigers sent the Gamecocks to a fifth straight loss, the longest skid of first-year coach Frank Martin's career.
Florida Gulf Coast 60, Northern Kentucky 53: Chase Fieler scored 19 as the visiting Eagles (19-8, 11-3 Atlantic Sun) rallied to win their seventh straight and maintain their conference lead.
Savannah St. 67, Famu 65: The host Rattlers (6-19, 3-8 MEAC), trailing 52-34 with 13:30 left, got within 65-62 with 19 seconds left but couldn't complete the comeback.
Women: FSU falls
TALLAHASSEE — Kody Burke scored 26, tying her career high, to lead North Carolina State to a 76-69 win over No. 19 Florida State. Leonor Rodriguez scored 26 and Natasha Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles (19-5, 9-4 ACC). The Wolfpack (13-12, 5-8 ACC) got its first road win over a ranked team since 2006.
Aggies topple gators: Kelsey Bone had 31 points and 10 rebounds as No. 11 Texas A&M beat visiting Florida 78-71 and pulled into a tie with Tennessee for the SEC lead. The Aggies (20-5, 10-1) never trailed and held a 39-27 rebounding edge. Jaterra Bonds had 17 points and eight assists for the Gators (15-10, 4-7).
No. 5 Duke 77, Va. Tech 33: Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters each matched their career high with 25 points as the Blue Devils (23-1, 13-0 ACC) rolled to a 29th straight road victory against an unranked opponent.
No. Penn State 81, Iowa 69: Maggie Lucas scored 21 for the visiting Lions (21-3, 11-1 Big Ten), who have won 15 of their past 16.
No. 7 MD. 75, Clemson 45: Tianna Hawkins posted her 12th double double of the season with 30 points and 12 rebounds and the host Terrapins (20-5, 11-2 ACC) beat the Tigers for the 13th straight time.
No. 9 UK 78, No. 14 S.C. 74: Kastine Evans hit two free throws with 8.8 seconds left, and the host Wildcats (22-3, 10-2 SEC) rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit. The Gamecocks (20-5, 8-4) had been 18-0 when leading at the half.
No. 14 UNC 76, Wake 56: Xylina McDaniel had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Tar Heels (23-3, 11-2 ACC), who have beaten the Demon Deacons 18 straight times at home.
No. 18 Purdue 68, Wis. 58: KK Houser scored 20 for the visiting Boilermakers (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten).
No. 20 Delaware 86, Odu 62: Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 26 in the first half as the Blue Hens (21-3, 12-0) won their 31st straight Colonial Athletic Association game.
No. 24 Iowa St. 72, No. 22 Oklahoma 66: Hallie Christofferson had 27 points as the visiting Cyclones (18-5, 9-4) moved into second place in the Big 12. Three players scored 14 for the Sooners (18-6, 8-4).
Ex-Baron soars: Florida International's Jessica Coley, a former St. Petersburg Catholic High School standout and the nation's leading scorer in Division I, tallied a game-high 25 points, had five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 56-39 win over host Troy. The junior is averaging 25.5 points for FIU (16-9, 10-6 Sun Belt), more than two better than Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers (23.2)