Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Unknown Buckeye keys rout of Indiana

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lenzelle Smith more than doubled his career high with 28 points Sunday to lead No. 5 Ohio State to an 80-63 victory over No. 7 Indiana.

"Throughout the game I just saw my man leave me every single time," said Smith, who came in averaging 5.2 points. "The first game (against Indiana), I was complaining about that to my team. This game we capitalized."

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean didn't apologize for leaving the sophomore guard alone outside to concentrate on defending the Buckeyes' leading scorer and rebounder, Jared Sullinger.

"Lenzelle is averaging four shots a game. Look it up," Crean said. "He really played well. They've got a lot of good players."

Smith, who missed practice Thursday and Friday with strep throat, shot 10-for-12, hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers, and had seven rebounds. His previous scoring high was 12.

Sullinger added 16 points for the Buckeyes (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten).

Cody Zeller scored 16 for the Hoosiers (15-3, 3-3).

Ohio State's players had vowed to pay back the Hoosiers for a 74-71 loss on Dec. 31 in Bloomington.

No. 8 Duke 73, Clemson 66: Andre Dawkins scored 24, hitting five 3-pointers as the visiting Blue Devils (15-2, 3-0 ACC) overcame a sluggish start. Duke's leading scorer, Austin Rivers, had four points, more than 10 fewer than his average. The Tigers cut a 13-point lead to 68-64 in the final minute on two 3-pointers by Andre Young. But Dawkins made three late free throws as the Blue Devils beat Clemson for the 26th time in the past 28 meetings. "He met the challenge and played just unbelievable," Duke forward Mason Plumlee said.

No. 11 G'town 69, St. John's 49: Hollis Thompson missed all four of his 3-pointers in a scoreless first half, then hit 4 of 5 3s in the second half and finished with 20 points to lead the visiting Hoyas (14-3, 4-2 Big East). The Red Storm, which visits USF at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, fell to 0-7 against ranked teams.

No. 23 Creighton 90, S. Illinois 71: Sophomore Doug McDermott scored 25 for the host Bluejays (16-2, 6-1 Missouri Valley).

No. 3 north carolina: After Saturday's 90-57 loss at FSU — the worst in Roy Williams' nine seasons at UNC —several players, including John Henson, Harrison Barnes and Dexter Strickland, questioned the team's mental fortitude. "(We) weren't mentally focused enough to get it done," Barnes said. "We need to be mentally tougher."

Women: UM ends long drought in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE — Stefanie Yderstrom's 3-pointer from the corner with 17 seconds remaining gave No. 13 Miami a 60-57 win over Florida State and ended a 25-year victory drought for the Hurricanes in Tallahassee.

Miami (15-3, 4-1 ACC) led 41-22 a minute into the second half. FSU tied it at 57 on Cierra Bravard's free throw with 37 seconds left.

Shenise Johnson led Miami with 24 points. Natasha Howard led FSU (10-9, 2-3) with 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

UF topples lsu: Every Gator scored as host Florida (12-6, 2-3 SEC) beat LSU for the first time in six years, 62-58. Jordan Jones led the Gators with 16 points.

No. 1 Baylor 77, Texas 59: Brittney Griner tied her season high with 32 points to go with 13 rebounds for the visiting Bears (17-0, 4-0 Big 12), who led by 20 at halftime. Griner could have approached her career-high 40 points, but she often passed up shots in the second half. The Longhorns lacked size, with forward Cokie Reed out with a right leg strain and center Ashley Gayle in foul trouble throughout.

No. 6 Tenn. 87, No. 25 Vandy 64: Leading scorer Shekinna Stricklen hit 20 for the host Vols (13-4, 4-1 SEC) before injuring her right knee late in the game. Christina Foggie tied her career high of 27 for the Commodores (14-3, 2-2). The team said Stricklen appeared to have a knee strain; she will be fully evaluated today.

No. 7 Duke 61, Va. Tech 34: Elizabeth Williams had 20 points, seven rebounds and four blocks and the visiting Blue Devils (14-2, 5-0 ACC) gave coach Joanne McCallie 50 victories in 61 conference games. Only Kay Yow of N.C. State reached the milestone faster, in 57 games.

No. 9 uk 66, No. 24 s. carolina 58: Kelya Snowden scored 15 for the visiting Wildcats (16-2, 5-0 SEC), whose conference's top offense was held to 15 below its average by the league's top defense. The Gamecocks (14-4, 3-2) led 45-36 with 11 minutes left.

No. 11 Ohio St. 64, Mich. St. 56: Tayler Hill scored 21 for the visiting Buckeyes (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten).

Penn St. 93, No. 15 Neb. 73: Maggie Lucas scored 24 to lead five Nittany Lions in double figures, overwhelming the host Cornhuskers (15-2, 4-1 Big Ten) in the first eight minutes of the second half.

No. 17 Purdue 57, Iowa 55: Brittany Rayburn scored 14, hitting two free throws with 17.5 seconds left then blocking Kelly Krei's 3-pointer to lead the host Boilermakers (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten).

No. 18 G'town 69, Syracuse 42: Sugar Rodgers scored 23 and the host Hoyas (14-4, 3-2 Big East) never trailed.

No. 19 Georgia 68, Miss. St. 51: Anne Marie Armstrong tied a career high with 22 points for visiting Georgia (15-3, 4-1 SEC).

No. 20 Del. 70, Northeastern 54: Elena Delle Donne missed most of the first half with a left leg injury but had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the host Blue Hens (14-1, 5-0 Colonial).

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