Ohio State fights past Marquette
MILWAUKEE — Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson scored 13 points apiece, helping No. 10 Ohio State pull away from cold-shooting No. 17 Marquette for a 52-35 win Saturday.
Aaron Craft added 10 points for the Buckeyes (3-0), who ended the Golden Eagles’ 27-game home winning streak, second-longest in the nation.
Ohio State slowly grabbed control with a 12-4 run to open the second half, which included six points from Scott. The 6-foot-1 guard found gaps in Marquette’s interior defense, and then extended the lead to 44-28 with 6:31 left on a layup on the break.
Todd Mayo led Marquette (2-1) with 11 points. It was the school’s first loss at the Bradley Center since Vanderbilt beat the Golden Eagles 74-57 on Dec. 29, 2011.
The Golden Eagles had 20 turnovers and shot just 19 percent (10 of 53).
NO. 9 SYRACUSE 69
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — C.J. Fair scored 20 points for Syracuse, and freshman guard Tyler Ennis hit four 3-pointers for 12 points.
Michael Gbinije had 11 points in 18 minutes and Trevor Cooney scored 10 for the Orange, who outrebounded Colgate 52-34, including a 26-7 advantage on the offensive glass. Syracuse scored 30 points in the paint and forced 21 turnovers.
Syracuse (3-0) has won 48 straight against Colgate for a 121-45 advantage in the longest-running series for both teams. Colgate (0-2) was coming off an 89-78 road loss to Wake Forest last week in the Raiders’ season opener.
Ethan Jacobs led Colgate with 13 points and Austin Tillotson, a transfer from Monmouth, finished with nine points and four assists.
NO. 11 FLORIDA 86, UALR 56
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Casey Prather scored 27 points and Dorian Finney-Smith showed great versatility in his Florida debut.
Prather put back a loose ball, scored on a driving layup and capped off a 17-4 run with a dunk off a steal by DeVon Walker as Florida (2-1) woke up from a first-half malaise. The score was tied at 27 after a sloppy opening half.
The Gators stepped up the pressure after the break, and it paid off in a big way. The Trojans (0-2) couldn’t match the pace and had key turnovers that enabled Florida to turn the game into a rout.
Will Neighbour was a lone bright spot for Arkansas-Little Rock with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Finney-Smith had 17 points and nine rebounds while showing off his well-rounded game. He was 3 for 4 from 3-point range.
NO. 16 WICHITA STATE 85
TENNESSEE STATE 71
WICHITA, Kan. — Tekele Cotton scored 18 points to lead Wichita State to the victory.
Cotton was 6 of 8 from the floor as Wichita State (4-0) won its fourth game in eight days despite trailing at halftime for the second straight game. Cleanthony Early had 16 points, and Nick Wiggins scored 10 of his 12 in the second half.
Patrick Miller had 23 points for Tennessee State (0-4), and M.J. Rhett added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Darius Carter and Early each converted a three-point play and Cotton hit his third 3-pointer to help Wichita State open a 48-38 lead with 13:03 left in the game.
NO. 25 VIRGINIA 70
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mike Tobey had 18 points, and Virginia used a second-half surge to get the win.
Tobey was 8 for 11 from the field. Malcolm Brogdon added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, who rallied after a tough loss to No. 14 VCU Tuesday.
Akil Mitchell, who played high school basketball in Charlotte, overcame a sluggish first half and finished with 11 points — all in the second half — and nine rebounds for Virginia. Justin Anderson added 12 rebounds and eight rebounds.
Virginia (2-1) broke open a two-point game by outscoring Davidson 26-12 to start the second half. The bigger Cavaliers outrebounded the Wildcats 42-30.
Tyler Kalinoski had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Davidson (0-3), which shot just 31 percent from the field.
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