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No. 15 Ohio State hands No. 2 Michigan first loss

)Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) tries block shot by Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) during first half an NCAA

)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)

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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.



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