Buckeyes’ Smith delivers, other scores
Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds as No. 4 Ohio State flexed its muscles inside to beat No. 20 Michigan, 64-49, on Sunday, keeping the Buckeyes in a first-place tie in the Big Ten.
“Quite honestly, with this team we sort of need a jack-of-all-trades,” Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. “He is really understanding his role. The energy-type plays that he made today was definitely something that gave us a spurt and a boost of energy.”
On a day when Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger was limited by foul trouble and his teammates didn’t hit a whole lot of shots, Smith’s hard work on the boards and on defense meant the world to the Buckeyes (19-3, 7-2).
How good was Smith? His eight offensive rebounds were just two less than all the Wolverines (16-6, 6-3). They resulted in 13 points and five free throws—enough to tilt the game in the favor of the two-time defending Big Ten champions.
Sullinger had 13 points, and William Buford and Deshaun Thomas both had 12 for Ohio State, which ran its winning streak over its archrival to six straight.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points for the Wolverines.
Big Ten men
-- (16) Indiana 103, Iowa 89—At Bloomington, Ind., freshman Cody Zeller scored a season-high 26 points for Indiana.
Zeller made 11 of 12 shots and had four assists and three steals for the Hoosiers (17-5,
5-5 Big Ten), who scored more than 100 points in a conference game for the first time since defeating Iowa, 110-79, on March 12, 1995.
Christian Watford scored 15 points, Verdell Jones III had 14 points and nine assists and Victor Oladipo had 12 points and six rebounds for the Hoosiers, who had lost four of five.
Josh Oglesby scored a season-high 24 points and Matt Gatens added 20 for Iowa
Big Ten women’s highlights
-- Minnesota 76, (9) Ohio State 65—At Minneapolis, Rachel Banham scored 20 points and made three 3-pointers, helping Minnesota take down Ohio State.
Kiara Buford added 15 points and seven assists for the Golden Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten), who beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly three years.
Samantha Prahalis scored 25 points for the Buckeyes
-- Michigan State 83, (18) Penn State 77—At East Lansing, Mich., Porsche Poole scored a career-high 32 points, and Michigan State rallied to beat Penn State.
Poole was 10-for-15 from the field, including hitting three three-pointers, for the Spartans (13-9, 5-4 Big Ten). She also had six rebounds, six assists and three steals.
The win ended a three-game skid for Michigan State and completed a sweep of the Nittany Lions (16-5, 6-3).
-- (19) Nebraska 67, Illinois 47—At Champaign, Ill., Lindsey Moore scored 20 points to help Nebraska (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) defeat Illinois.
Ivory Crawford led Illinois (7-15, 1-8) with 12 points.
Last updated: 2:19 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012