Wolverines solve OSU in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nik Stauskas had 15 points and Derrick Walton III scored 13 — including three critical free throws with 1:55 left — to power No. 15 Michigan to a 70-60 victory over No. 22 Ohio State on Tuesday night.

The victory ended a nine-game losing streak over 11 years in Columbus for the Wolverines (18-6, 10-2 Big Ten), who took sole possession of first in the Big Ten. Michigan came in tied for the top spot in the conference with Michigan State.

Walton added 10 rebounds and six assists. Zak Irvin chipped in with 10 points.

LaQuinton Ross had 24 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. 13 for Ohio State, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Buckeyes hadn't lost to their archrivals on their home court since a 61-50 setback on Jan. 15, 2003.

The Buckeyes (19-6, 6-6) were knocked back into a crowded middle of the pack in the league. Just two games separate fourth-place Wisconsin at 6-5 from 10th-place Purdue at 4-7.

The Buckeyes led by eight after a 7-0 run but Michigan scored on four straight possessions, including a dunk by Jon Horford off Walton's assist. That gave the Wolverines the lead at 44-43. The surge was part of a 12-0 run that turned the game around.

No. 4 Wichita St. 78, S. Ill. 67: Ron Baker scored 19 and Cleanthony Early added 18 points as the host Shockers overcame a sloppy start to become the first team to start 26-0 since Memphis in 2008. Wichita State (13-0 Missouri Valley) has five games left in its quest for the first unbeaten regular season since St. Joseph's in 2004 (Syracuse is also unbeaten at 23-0). Southern Illinois led 33-32 at halftime and trailed only 64-61 with 4:19 left before the Shockers pulled away with a 14-6 run.

No. 19 Texas 87, Okla. St. 68: Javan Felix scored 27 including six 3-pointers for the host Longhorns (19-5, 8-3), who rolled past Oklahoma State in its first game without suspended star Marcus Smart. Smart sat out the first of a three-game suspension by the Big 12 for shoving a Texas Tech fan last week.

Kansas: Freshman center Joel Embiid, considered a likely NBA lottery pick if he leaves after the season, could miss time with lingering back and knee injuries. The 7-footer played only 18 minutes in Monday's 85-82 overtime loss at rival Kansas State.

UNLV: Rashad Vaughn, a shooting guard ranked seventh nationally by rivals.com, announced his commitment to the Rebels on CBS Sports Network. He played three seasons at Robbinsdale (Minn.) Cooper but transferred to Las Vegas Findlay Prep for his senior year.

Weather watch: Georgia Tech's home against Boston College will go tonight as scheduled, though the school is advising fans to attend only if they can walk to the game. A winter storm is expected to bring snow and ice to Atlanta today. … Tonight's Elon at Furman game in Greenville, S.C., was postponed; no makeup date was set.

Wolverines solve OSU in Columbus 02/11/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:23am]

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