No. 3 OHIO ST. 78, PURDUE 69
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — LaQuinton Ross had 25 points and 12 rebounds, both career bests, and Shannon Scott added a career-high 18 points to lead No. 3 Ohio State to a 78-69 victory Tuesday at Purdue.
The Buckeyes (14-0, 1-0 Big Ten) started the day as one of eight perfect teams. They finished it by matching the fourth-best start in school history.
A.J. Hammons led Purdue (10-4, 0-1) with 18 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the Boilermakers’ first home loss. Ronnie Jonson added 16 points for Purdue.
Ohio State took a 34-33 halftime lead on a buzzer-beating layup by Lenzelle Smith Jr., then struggled to pull away until the final 12½ minutes.
The Buckeyes broke a 46-46 tie with six straight points. Scott and Ross accounted for all of the points in a decisive 10-2 run.
No. 7 DUKE 86, ELON 48
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Andre Dawkins scored 15 points and No. 7 Duke routed Elon 86-48 Tuesday.
Rodney Hood had 13 points and freshman Jabari Parker had 12 points and a season-high-tying 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (11-5).
They never trailed and had little trouble winning their fifth straight, shooting 48.5 percent, forcing 22 turnovers and turning them into 25 points.
Elon’s 48 points were a season-low allowed by Duke, and at no point in the game did the Phoenix (7-7) have more field goals than turnovers.
The Phoenix shot 35 percent and fell to 1-26 against ACC opponents since their 1999 move to Division I.