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OSU’s Turner feeling better

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Associated Press
February 22, 2010
— Ohio State’s Evan Turner was dealing with a head cold and flulike symptoms when he arrived at Michigan State for a crucial Big Ten road game.

He left town feeling much better after the Buckeyes earned a 74-67 victory Sunday.


Turner had a strong second half and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to tighten the conference standings. The No. 9 Buckeyes


(21-7, 11-4) and No. 11 Spartans (21-7, 11-4) are tied for second place in the Big Ten, a half-game behind Purdue.


Turner rested in the bleachers while the rest of the Buckeyes took shooting practice Saturday night. Turner got a plateful of food—then didn’t eat it—Sunday morning.


“He did a tremendous job of battling through it,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said of his star, who leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding. “You have to give him a lot of credit for how he played. I thought he was a little bit off there at the beginning. He had some great looks. But there were no legs.”


Turner scored 16 points in the second half.


William Buford had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who squandered a 14-point second-half lead before rallying for the victory.


Durrell Summers scored 16 points for Michigan State, including seven straight to give the Spartans a 62-61 lead with 4:05 remaining.


Buford hit two free throws to put the Buckeyes back on top 63-62. Turner’s jumper gave Ohio State a 65-62 lead with 2:55 left.


Jon Diebler hit a three-pointer with 1:45 left to put the Buckeyes ahead 68-62. Michigan State couldn’t rally back, dropping a home game that leaves it needing a strong finish to repeat as conference champions.


“Disappointed would be a foolish word right now,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “It’s more than that.”


Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas went 0 for 5 from the floor and scored just one point in the first half before finishing with nine points in the game. Raymar Morgan had nine points and 14 rebounds.


Top 25 men

-- (19) Pittsburgh 70, (3) Villanova 65—Ashton Gibbs scored 21 points and host Pittsburgh upset Vill-anova.


Gilbert Brown added 16 points, including a thunderous dunk off a baseline move with 1:29 left that gave the Panthers (21-6,


10-4 Big East) a six-point lead.


Scottie Reynolds finished with 20 points, and his three foul shots with 7 seconds left got the Wildcats (22-4, 11-3) within three, but Pitt withstood Villanova’s late pressure.



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