Buckeyes dash Spartans' hopes

No. 18 Ohio State 68, No. 4 Michigan State 60

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Aaron Craft slashed through the lane for a career-high 21 points on Sunday to lead No. 18 Ohio State (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten) to a 68-60 victory over fourth-ranked Michigan State (22-6, 11-4).

Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas (right) had 14 points in the Buckeyes' win over Michigan State.  JAY LAPRETE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JAY LAPRETE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas (right) had 14 points in the Buckeyes' win over Michigan State.

The loss crippled the Spartans’ hopes of catching up with top-ranked Indiana, which now leads the Big Ten race by two full games with four remaining.

NO. 6 DUKE 89,

BOSTON COLLEGE 68

In Durham, N.C., Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 27 points and No. 6 Duke (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) routed Boston College (12-15, 4-10).

Mason Plumlee added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

NO. 7 MICHIGAN 71, ILLINOIS 58

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke set up teammates to score and made a shot of his own in a pivotal stretch to help Michigan pull away to beat Illinois.

The Wolverines (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten) shook off a sluggish first half with a strong second half to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.

The Fighting Illini (20-9, 7-8) had won five in a row – a streak that started Feb. 7 by beating top-ranked Indiana.

NO. 20 PITTSBURGH 63,

ST. JOHN’S 47

In New York, Tray Woodall scored a season-high 25 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the second half, and No. 20 Pittsburgh (21-7, 9-6 Big East) snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over St. John’s (16-11, 8-7) at Madison Square Garden.

NO. 25 NOTRE DAME 62, CINCINNATI 41

In South Bend, Ind., Jerian Grant scored 13 points to lead No. 25 Notre Dame (22-6, 10-5 Big East) to a win over Cincinnati (19-9, 7-8) .

Grant shot just 2-of-9 from the field but was perfect from the free-throw line, hitting a season-high nine.

VIRGINIA 82, GEORGIA TECH 54

In Charlottesville, Va., Akil Mitchell scored 18 points, Joe Harris added 15 and Jontel Evans had eight assists as Virginia (19-8, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) shook off a tough loss to Miami Tuesday with an 82-54 win over Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-10) Sunday.

Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech with 12 points. Daniel Miller added 11 points and 11 rebounds.


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