C.J. Jackson scored 18 points on 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range and Ohio State upset No. 16 Wisconsin 83-73 on Thursday night.
JaQuan Lyle had 17 points and Jae'Sean Tate added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly a year.
Bronson Koenig had 27 points for Wisconsin (22-6, 11-4), which lost the lead in the game's first minute and could never get any traction. The Badgers have lost three of four.
Ohio State led by 12 points with 10 minutes left on a 3 by Lyle and never let Wisconsin get closer than nine points. They led by 20 with 4:39 to go and cruised to the win, beating Wisconsin for the first time in the last four tries.
After Wisconsin's Vitto Brown hit a 3-pointer to start the game, the Buckeyes answered with a 13-2 run and wouldn't relinquish the lead. Five Ohio State players hit 3-pointers and they went into halftime with a 44-31 lead — despite the efforts of Koenig, who had 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc for the Badgers.
No. 1 Gonzaga 96, San Diego 38
Josh Perkins and Jordan Mathews scored 15 points apiece, and Johnathan Williams had 14 points and 19 rebounds for No. 1 Gonzaga, which overwhelmed San Diego 96-38 on Thursday night to improve to 29-0 and clinch the West Coast Conference title.
The 58-point victory margin was the biggest of the season for Gonzaga, which also has won games by 47, 46 and 39 points.
And it was merely the latest laugher for Gonzaga (17-0 WCC), the only unbeaten team in Division I. It has won all 17 conference games by double digits.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 14 points and Zach Collins had 12 for Gonzaga.
Olin Carter III scored 15 for USD (12-17, 5-12), which has lost six straight and 39 of its last 42 games to Gonzaga.
No. 4 Arizona 90, USC 77
Allonzo Trier scored a season-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and No. 4 Arizona beat USC 90-77 on Thursday night to stay alone atop the Pac-12 and set up a Saturday showdown against No. 5 UCLA.
Rawle Alkins added 12 points and Lauri Markkanen had 11 for the Wildcats (26-3, 15-1) in Arizona's 21st consecutive home win.
Bennie Boatwright scored 23 points and Chimezie Metu had 15 for the Trojans (22-7, 8-7), who lost their third in a row — to the top three teams in the conference (Arizona, Oregon and UCLA).
The Wildcats closed the first half with a 12-2 run and were up by as many as 16 points in the second half.
Arizona made 11 3-pointers in 20 attempts, its most 3s in a Pac-12 game this season.
No. 5 UCLA 87, Arizona State 75
T.J. Leaf scored 25 points, and No. 5 UCLA survived an upset bid by Arizona State with an 87-75 victory Thursday night.
The Bruins (25-3, 12-3 Pac-12) won their sixth straight game. Aaron Holiday added 17 points and Thomas Welsh had eight points and 11 rebounds in 18 minutes.
Torian Graham led Arizona State with 28 points and Kodi Justice added 19. The Sun Devils hit 14 3-pointers but were outrebounded 49-30.
The Bruins' size made a difference throughout the game, with UCLA capitalizing on plenty of second-chance opportunities and taking advantage of Arizona State's four-guard lineup with a major rebounding edge.
The Sun Devils (13-16, 6-10) scored the first seven points of the second half and got a near capacity crowd on its feet when Shannon Evans II made a fastbreak layup to trim UCLA's lead to 45-43.
Michigan State 88, Nebraska 72
Miles Bridges scored nine points during a decisive run and finished with 20, Nick Ward had 20 points and Joshua Langford scored a career-high 17 points, leading Michigan State in an 88-72 win over Nebraska on Thursday night.
Bridges made two layups, a dunk on a pass off the backboard and a 3-pointer in a 2:12 stretch late in the first half as part of a 21-5 run that turned a closely contested game into a rout. Cassius Winston ended the surge with a 3-pointer from about 40 feet just before the buzzer in the first half.
The Spartans (17-11, 9-6 Big Ten ) bounced back from a 17-point setback at No. 14 Purdue and the loss of senior Eron Harris with a dominant performance in a game they needed to win.
Michigan State boosted its chances of earning a 20th straight invite to the NCAA tournament with their fifth victory in seven games and moved into a fourth-place tie with Minnesota and Northwestern in the conference.
Grand Canyon 82, Chicago State 59
Joshua Braun tied a school record with nine 3-pointers and scored 29 points in Grand Canyon's 82-59 win over Chicago State on Thursday for the Lopes' fifth straight win.
Grand Canyon (20-9, 9-3 Western Athletic) moved into a tie for second with New Mexico State, which got beat by Utah Valley, ending the Aggies' 14-game home streak.
Braun was 10-for-21 shooting with 19 of his attempts coming from behind the arc. DeWayne Russell scored 16 points and Darion Clark chipped in 11 for Grand Canyon.
The Lopes built a 44-22 halftime lead with Braun scoring 20. Grand Canyon was never threatened after the break.
Grand Canyon had a 44-31 rebounding edge and outscored the Cougars 30-19 on the interior and collected 16 offensive rebounds.
Fred Sims Jr. led Chicago State (6-23, 1-11) with 21 points and Trayvon Palmer had 15.
No. 5 Notre Dame 82, Boston College 45
Lindsay Allen had 18 points and eight assists and No. 5 Notre Dame overpowered Boston College 82-45 on Thursday night.
The Fighting Irish (26-3, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated inside and never relented, winning the points in the paint battle 44-14 and finishing 10 blocked shots to the Eagles' one.
Notre Dame made Boston College pay for its 22 turnovers, turning those giveaways into 17 points.
Allen led the way for the Fighting Irish, connecting on 6 of 8 shots and adding six rebounds on a night she was recognized — along with starting center Diamond Thompson — as part of the program's Senior Night celebration. The game marked Allen's 141st consecutive start, which covers every game across her four-year college career. She has one more home start to make, Sunday against No. 8 Florida State.
Erin Boley added 14 points, Brianna Turner had 12, and Arike Ogunbowale had 11 points and six rebounds for Notre Dame. Boley was 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Mariella Fasoula scored 14 points for Boston College (9-19, 2-13). The Eagles shot just 25.4 percent from the floor.
No. 22 Kentucky 78, No. 3 Mississippi State 75 (OT)
Makayla Epps scored the go-ahead basket with 8.7 seconds remaining in overtime and Evelyn Akhator had eight points in the extra session to give No. 22 Kentucky a 78-75 upset victory over No. 3 Mississippi State on Thursday night.
After Akhator's layup with 55 seconds left tied it 75, Epps grabbed Makenzie Cann's missed 3-pointer and moved in for the soft tip-in to put Kentucky ahead to stay in a tense game featuring nine ties and 15 lead changes — with most coming after halftime. Maci Morris's free throw with 1.8 seconds left sealed the victory and the Wildcats' eighth straight 20-win season.
Akhator scored 22 points in the fourth quarter and OT to finish with 27 points. She also had 16 rebounds in her home finale. Epps had 22 points to help Kentucky (20-8, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) deny the Bulldogs' quest to clinch a share of their first SEC title.
Victoria Vivians had 27 points, and Morgan William added 20 for Mississippi State (27-2, 13-2). It had won seven straight.
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