Buckeyes roll past Gophers, other scores
William Buford scored a career-high 26 points and Evan Turner and Jon Diebler each had 19 to lead the Buckeyes past Minnesota, 85-63, Sunday for their fifth win in six games.
“We weren’t blind. I’m sure everyone could feel the presence of them,” Turner said of the 50th-anniversary team, which was watching from a suite. “It was a big day. It was huge.”
The Buckeyes (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten) shot 63 percent against Minnesota (13-8, 4-5), which came in leading the conference by limiting opponents to just 38.6 percent from the field.
The 1960 squad was led by Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek. That team shot 84 percent from the field in the first half of the final against California to build a big lead, then eased to a 75-55 win for the school’s only national title in basketball.
Against Minnesota, this year’s Buckeyes shot 73 percent from the field in the opening half to mount a 49-35 lead and never looked back.
The current Buckeyes met members of the 1960 team at practice on Saturday, then at a reception held at nearby St. John Arena, where Ohio State used to play its home games.
“Those are legends right there,” Diebler said. “Just having them talk to us after practice and then being at the reception last night, it kind of gave you goosebumps just being around all those guys. You’re talking about some of the greats to ever play.”
Rodney Williams had 13 points, Ralph Sampson III had 11 and Damian Johnson and Blake Hoffarber each had 10 to lead the Gophers, who have lost four of five and are just 1-5 on the road.
Minnesota, which had won the earlier meeting 73-62 on Jan. 9, had 17 turnovers that led to 24 Ohio State points.
-- (10) Purdue 66, Penn State 46—At West Lafayette, Ind., Robbie Hummel scored 23 points to help Purdue to its fourth straight win.
Hummel made four three-pointers and had six rebounds. JaJuan Johnson scored 13 points and E’Twaun Moore added 12 for the Boilermakers (18-3, 6-3 Big Ten).
Talor Battle scored 13 points, David Jackson scored 11 and Bill Edwards had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Penn State
(8-13, 0-9), which dropped its ninth straight.
-- Butler 73, UW-Milwaukee 66—Gordon Hayward scored 25 points and Ronald Nored and Shelvin Mack 13 apiece as Butler (18-4, 11-0 Horizon) won its 10th straight.
UW-Milwaukee (13-10, 5-6) led 35-34 at the half and 49-42 in the second half after a 9-0 run. But the Panthers were hurt by poor free-throw shooting. Milwaukee was 16-for-29 from the line while the Bulldogs sank 27-of-37.
Anthony Hill had a career-high 21 points for Milwaukee.
-- Valparaiso 84, UW-Green Bay 79—Brandon Wood scored 26 points, including six in the final 1:26, as Valparaiso rallied to defeat host Green Bay.
Cory Johnson added 20 points for the Crusaders (11-12, 6-5 Horizon), who trailed by eight with 4:36 to play.
Troy Cotton led the Phoenix (15-9, 7-5) with 20 points.