No. 15 Ohio State hands No. 2 Michigan first loss
The Associated Press January 13, 2013 11:08PM
)Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) tries to block a shot by Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)
Updated: February 15, 2013 6:28AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas had 20 points and scored the first and last baskets in a 16-0 first-half spurt to help No. 15 Ohio State beat second-ranked Michigan 56-53 on Sunday, denying the Wolverines their first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years.
After Trey Burke, who led the Wolverines (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Buckeyes took the lead for good although there were many nervous moments by the finish.
No. 22 Michigan State 66, Nebraska 56: At East Lansing, Mich., Derrick Nix made two free throws with a minute left and finished with 17 points to help No. 22 Michigan State pull away for a 66-56 victory over Nebraska on Sunday night. The Spartans (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) have won three straight and kept the Cornhuskers (9-8, 0-4) from winning their first conference game this season.
Evansville 71, No. 23 Wichita State 67: At Evansville, Colt Ryan had 24 points and eight assists and Evansville made seven free throws over the final last 1:25 to hold off No. 23 Wichita State for a 71-67 victory Sunday. The Aces (11-6, 4-1 Missouri Valley Conference) took advantage of a season-high 22 turnovers by Wichita State (15-2, 4-1) to win their fourth straight conference game.