Unbeaten Buckeyes outmuscle Gophers
Another unflappable performance by the 6-foot-9, 280-pound freshman left Minnesota coach Tubby Smith wondering what happened to his big men—and planning more time for his team in the weight room.
David Lighty scored 19 points, Sullinger had 18 points and 13 rebounds, William Buford and Jon Diebler made three three-pointers apiece and the top-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 18 Minnesota, 82-69, on Sunday.
“You can see the difference in experienced, physical players: They just kind of shoved us out of the way,” Smith said.
Every starter for Ohio State (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten) scored 10 or more points to help stretch the second-longest winning streak in school history.
Up next for Ohio State is a trip to No. 19 Wisconsin on Saturday.
Blake Hoffarber led Minnesota (16-7, 5-6) with 16 points.
-- Michigan 65, Penn State 62—At State College, Pa., Darius Morris had 23 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored all 13 of his points in the second half to help Michigan overcome two double-digit deficits to defeat Penn State.
Trailing by 10 with 8:15 left, Morris and Hardaway sparked a 21-7 run to propel the Wolverines (14-10, 4-7). Two straight layups by Morris gave Michigan a 57-53 lead with 3:12 left.
Penn State’s Talor Battle (31 points) added a three-point play, but had a turnover on a drive with 1:56 left. Hardaway converted on the break to give the Wolverines a 61-56 lead with 1:39 left.
The Nittany Lions (12-10,
5-6) couldn’t hang on with leading rebounder Jeff Brooks sidelined because of a dislocated right shoulder.
Cammeron Woodyard had a career-high 10 points starting in Brooks’ place.
Morris hit five foul shots over the final 37 seconds to seal the win.
Last updated: 2:14 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012