|Ohio State F Deshaun Thomas scored 31 points in a 77-66 win over Washington on Sunday. (US Presswire)|
Big Ten scoreboard for Nov. 18
Minnesota 72, Richmond 57: The Gophers (4-0) were sparked by a key 9-0 run from sophomore G Andre Hollins midway through the second half that flipped a seven-point deficit into a two-point lead. Despite the final margin, Minnesota was sloppy on offense, committing 19 turnovers -- the third time in four games it's had at least 17 turnovers. Forward Trevor Mbakwe nearly notched a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds, and four other Gophers hit double-digits.
No. 22 Wisconsin 73, Cornell 40: The Badgers (2-1) avenged a 2010 loss to Cornell in the NCAA tournament, holding the Big Red to just 26 percent shooting on Sunday night at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin dictated the pace of the game and was dominant in the post, outrebounding Cornell 50-26, including 16 offensve boards. Forward Jared Berggren and G Ben Brust paced the team with 18 points each and F Ryan Evans chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 21 Michigan State 69, Texas Southern 41: The Spartans (2-1) won their 36th straight home opener as freshman G Gary Harris finished with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Michigan State made a lineup adjustment as C Derrick Nix (six points, 11 rebounds) shifted to the bench for C Adreian Payne (nine points, seven rebounds) to start.
Northwestern 80, Fairleigh Dickinson 53: G Reggie Hearn led the Wildcats (3-0) with 14 points as the game was never in doubt. Northwestern held a 36-16 edge in the points in the paint and dominated throughout.
Akron 85, Penn State 60: The Nittany Lions (2-2) lost star G Tim Frazier to an ankle injury just six minutes into the game and never recovered. Penn State was paced by F D.J. Newbill, who had a game-high 20 points, to go with six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Nebraska 75, Nebraska Omaha 62: G Dylan Talley had a game-high 22 points for the Cornhuskers (3-0) as they overcame a slow start to pull away from their in-state rivals. Nebraska must improve its accuracy from distance as it connected on a mere 3 of 22 3-pointers in the victory.
No. 4 Ohio State 77, Washington 66: The Buckeyes (3-0) were led by F Deshaun Thomas, who hit his first nine shots en route to 31 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Ohio State made 20 of 26 free throws and turned the ball over just six times to claim the early season tournament held at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.
Star of the night: C Andre Almeida, Nebraska: The 6-foot-11, 314-pounder from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was a matchup nightmare against Nebraska Omaha as he scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go with an assist. The big man, who missed last season with a knee injury, also had only one turnover in the victory.
Inside the box score -- 3 numbers worth a second look
14 -- First-half points allowed by Northwestern in wins over the Fairleigh Dickinson and Texas Southern this season. Previously, the Wildcats weren't that stingy in the opening 20 minutes of any game since 2008.
31 -- Total assists for Michigan State through three games this season. Compare that to top-ranked Indiana, which has 56 helpers through its first three matchups.
2 -- Wins for Ohio State over Rhode Island and Washington en route to the Hall of Fame Tip Off championship. This is the same tournament Kentucky won last year to jump-start its national title-winning season.
Tweet of the night:
Former Cornell G Ryan Wittman sitting behind Cornell bench. Gives me shivers seeing him - scored 24 pts in 2010 NCAA tourney win over UW— Patrick Herb (@BadgerMBB) November 19, 2012
Next games: Nov. 19
You don't want to miss: No. 1 Indiana vs. Georgia at Progressive Legends Classic, Brooklyn, NY, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU) -- The Hoosiers (3-0) play their first game away from Assembly Hall this season at the new Barclays Center in New York. Indiana can make a statement against one of the worst teams in the Southeastern Conference on a national stage.
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