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Buckeyes handle Hawkeyes

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Associated Press
February 8, 2010
— Evan Turner stayed up late on Saturday night, watching Michigan State lose to turn the Big Ten race into a free-for all.

Then he got up early on Sunday morning to make sure No. 13 Ohio State stayed in the mix.


Turner matched his career high with 32 points, leading the Buckeyes past Iowa, 68-58, on Sunday and stretching the their Big Ten winning streak to seven straight.


“We got here at 7:45 in the morning,” Turner said after the rare Ohio State game with a noon tip-off. “We caught the Michigan State versus Illinois game last night, so we were up kind of late. We came out and competed and got the job done.”


Every time that Ohio State needed a big basket, Turner had a part in it. He also had five assists and seven rebounds.


Jon Diebler added 12 points for the Buckeyes (18-6, 8-3), who have won four in a row overall and seven of eight.


Eric May scored 16 points for the Hawkeyes (8-16, 2-9).


n Northwestern 78, Indiana 61—At Evanston, Ill., John Shurna led five Wildcats in double figures with 16 points as Northwestern beat Indiana for its first three-game winning streak against the Hoosiers in nearly eight decades.


“We’ve played pretty decent basketball, and ... they’re playing a lot of young guys,” Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. “Things go in cycles.”


When it comes to Northwestern (16-7, 5-6 Big Ten), it’s been quite a long “down” cycle.


The Wildcats have never played in the NCAA tournament and haven’t even shared the Big Ten title since 1933. Before Sunday, they had to go back to the 1930s to find the last time they had beaten Indiana more than twice in a row—a five-game streak (1930-33).


Though the Hoosiers lead the all-time series 108-44, they are 6-6 against Northwestern since winning 26 straight from 1988-2003.


Verdell Jones III scored a career-high 28 points for the young, rebuilding Hoosiers, who have won five NCAA titles and have made 35 tournament appearances but went 6-25 last season. They suffered their fourth consecutive loss and seventh in nine games.


Northwestern jumped to a 13-2 lead on Sunday, and Indiana never really was in it.



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