Big Ten proves up to Challenge
In just his sixth collegiate game, the 6-foot-9 widebody out of Columbus, Ohio, muscled his way to the third double-double of his blossoming career with 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the second-ranked Buckeyes to a 58-44 victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.
“He loves to win and he knows how to win,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “For him to go 36 minutes, I mean it was hotter than a beach in that gym tonight and I was really, really pleased with how he kept competing.”
Big Ten teams won four of the five games on Tuesday.
Sullinger defended Chris Singleton, Florida State’s top scorer, for part of the game. Singleton was held to eight points, half his season average.
“We knew defense was going to win the game,” Sullinger said.
Jon Diebler led the Buckeyes (6-0) with 12 points and David Lighty added 10.
Ohio State jumped to a 7-0 lead and never trailed against Florida State (5-2).
Freshman Ian Miller had 11 points and Derwin Kitchen added 10 for the Seminoles, who shot 35.4 percent and committed 22 turnovers.
-- (20) Illinois 79, North Carolina 67—At Champaign, Ill., Mike Davis scored 20 points and Illinois had five players finish in double figures.
Demetri McCamey had 17 points to lead the Illini (7-1).
John Henson led the Tar Heels (4-3) with 16 points while Zeller finished with 10.
-- Michigan 69, Clemson 61—At Clemson, S.C., Evan Smotrycz had a career-high 18 points and Michigan won an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game for the first time in five years.
The Wolverines (4-2) had lost four straight in the conference’s annual matchups. This time, though, they used freshman Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. to build a big lead that Clemson (5-2) could not overcome.
Andre Young led the Tigers with 14 points.
-- Northwestern 91, Georgia Tech 71—At Evanston, Ill., John Shurna scored 21 points, Drew Crawford added 19 and Northwestern shot a blistering 64.6 percent to beat Georgia Tech.
The Wildcats (5-0) shot 31 of 48 overall and buried 12 of 19 three-pointers.
Shurna hit 7 of 8 shots, including all four three-pointers. Crawford converted 8 of 11 overall and 3 of 5 from long range.
Glen Rice Jr. had 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (4-3).
-- Wake Forest 76, Iowa 73—At Winston-Salem, N.C., freshman J.T. Terrell scored a season-high 32 points and hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to help Wake Forest beat Iowa.
Iowa failed to get a shot off before time expired.
Terrell’s 32 points are the most by an ACC freshman this season. The Demon Deacons (4-3) fell behind by 18 late in the first half before rallying to set up the thrilling finish.
Eric May scored 17 points to lead the Hawkeyes (3-4).