CBKB TOP 25 CAPSULES: Ohio State rols UNC-Wilmington
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Deshaun Thomas scored 15 points and No. 4 Ohio State’s talented freshmen stole the show in an 81-41 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Saturday night in the Global Sports Invitational.
In addition to Thomas, first-year players Jordan Sibert and Jared Sullinger each had 11 points for the Buckeyes (3-0). William Buford added 12, David Lighty had 10, and Dallas Lauderdale had 10 rebounds.
Matthew Wallace had 14 points and Chad Tomko 13 for the Seahawks (2-2).
The Buckeyes were playing for the first time since dismantling No. 9 Florida 93-75 on Tuesday night, outscoring the Gators 55-34 in the second half to easily overcome a three-point deficit.
No. 6 Villanova 86, Lafayette 41
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) – Corey Stokes scored 19 points, and Corey Fisher had 16 to lead Villanova.
The Wildcats (4-0) won their 41st straight game at The Pavilion. Their average margin of victory this season has been 28.5 points. Villanova will get a tougher test against UCLA in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Jared Mintz scored 12 points for the overmatched Leopards (1-3).
No. 15 Missouri 96, N. Florida 58
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Ricardo Ratliffe had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Missouri set a school record by forcing 34 turnovers and finished with a 24-0 run.
Marcus Denmon had 18 points, and Laurence Bowers had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers (2-0), who were much stronger only two days after Western Illinois took them to the wire in their opener. They were 16 for 23 on free throws, a distinct improvement after barely topping 50 percent in the first game.
Parker Smith had 17 points for North Florida (1-3).
No. 16 Butler 88, Ball St. 55
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Shelvin Mack had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Matt Howard added 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Butler rout Ball State.
Butler (2-1) won its seventh straight in a rivalry that has been played annually since 1950. The Bulldogs won their 17th in a row against Indiana opponents.
Malik Perry scored all 13 of his points in the second half for Ball State (2-1).
No. 23 BYU 109, Chicago St. 60
PROVO, Utah (AP) – Jimmer Fredette hit 4 of 5 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 27 points to help BYU rout Chicago State in the South Padre Island Invitational.
BYU (3-0), set to play Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday night, held a 60-29 halftime lead thanks 8-of-17 3-point shooting and 12 Chicago State turnovers. Chris Collinsworth added 15 points and six rebounds for BYU.
Victor Scott led Chicago State (1-3) with 17 points.
No. 25 San Diego St. 79, Wis.-Green Bay 70
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) – Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points and San Diego State shook off a sluggish start to beat Wisconsin-Green Bay in a CBE Classic subregional game.
Leonard also had 10 rebounds for his 20th career double-double, and Chase Tapley added 14 points to help the Aztecs improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.
Rahmon Fletcher led Green Bay (1-1) with 18 points.