No. 2 Ohio St. 58, Florida St. 44
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jon Diebler scored 12 points and Jared Sullinger notched his third double-double of the season Tuesday night to lead No. 2 Ohio State to a 58-44 victory over Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Sullinger, a 6-foot-9 freshman, Ohio, finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds while David Lightly added 10 points for the Buckeyes (6-0).
Ohio State took a 7-0 lead and never trailed, building its biggest lead at 40-23 on William Buford’s jumper with 15:45 left in the game.
Florida State (5-2) closed within 49-42 on Deividas Dulky’s 3-pointer with 4:30 left.
Freshman Ian Miller led Florida State with 11 points.
No. 7 Connecticut 62,
New Hampshire 55
STORRS, Conn. — Kemba Walker scored 30 points and Connecticut returned from its triumphant trip to Hawaii with a harder-than-expected victory.
Shabazz Napier added 11 points for Connecticut (6-0) which was not ranked before beating Michigan State and Kentucky last week in the Maui Invitational.
The Huskies trailed the Wildcats 24-23 at halftime, and didn’t take the lead for good until 6 minutes into the second half. UConn went on a late 9-2 run to expand a 49-48 lead to 58-50.
Myrick Ferg had 16 of his 19 points in the second half to lead New Hampshire (4-2).
Walker, who leads the nation in scoring and came in averaging 30 points per game, needs two more points to reach 1,000 for his career.
The Huskies took their first lead on a layup by Walker 12 seconds into the second half, but didn’t lead for good until Napier’s three-point play with 14:08 to go to make it 35-34, part of a 12-2 UConn run.
No. 8 Syracuse 78, Cornell 58
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Rick Jackson had 17 points and 13 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season, and Kris Joseph had 16 points for Syracuse.
Syracuse (7-0), fresh from winning the Legends Classic with wins over Michigan and Georgia Tech, has won 33 straight in the series with Cornell (2-5), which has lost four straight overall.
Dion Waiters had 11 points, Brandon Triche nine, and freshman center Fab Melo a season-high eight for Syracuse.
Errick Peck led Cornell with 14 points and Drew Ferry had nine. Point guard Chris Wroblewski, the team’s leading scorer at 15.3 points a game, finished with eight points, missing all six attempts from beyond the arc, but had seven assists.
Joseph had seven points, Jackson scored twice inside, and a 3 by Waiters from the right side had Syracuse up 15-3 after just over 4 minutes of play.
No. 10 Kentucky 91, Boston U. 57
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Brandon Knight scored 23 points as Kentucky bounced back from its first loss of the season.
Terrence Jones added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (5-1), who shot 59 percent from the field and overwhelmed the Terriers (4-4) over the final 20 minutes.
Kentucky led by just seven points at halftime before opening the second half on an 18-3 run.
John Holland led the Terriers with 20 points but Boston U. shot just 29 percent and had no answer after the Wildcats shook off a sluggish first half with perhaps their best basketball of the season.
Kentucky coach John Calipari was on the sideline two days after the passing of his mother, Donna, who died on Sunday following a lengthy battle with cancer.
The players honored her by sporting black socks, while Kentucky’s assistants donned black suits and some fans — particularly in the student section — wore black T-shirts.
No. 13 Tennessee 86,
Middle Tennessee 56
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tobias Harris scored 21 points and Scotty Hopson had 19 for Tennessee.
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was worried the Volunteers could be in for a trap game against the Blue Raiders after winning the NIT Season Tip-Off championship last week and with finals and a Dec. 11 trip to No. 3 Pittsburgh up next on the schedule.
The Vols (6-0) opened with an 8-0 run and trailed only once as Middle Tennessee (3-4) responded with a 10-0 run. Pearl put in a defensive lineup to pressure the Blue Raiders’ shooters, and the only basket for 3 minutes was a 3-pointer by Hopson. Middle Tennessee wouldn’t score for 8 minutes.
When the Vols’ shooters returned to the court they went on a 21-0 run with five of six straight baskets coming from behind the arc. The last of the five, a shot by Trae Golden with 7:21 left in the first half, made it 29-10.
The Vols led 46-23 after Skylar McBee banked a shot from a few feet in front of the halfcourt line at the buzzer.
No. 25 Notre Dame 81,
Indiana St. 72
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ben Hansbrough scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Notre Dame.
The Irish (8-0) are off to the best start in the 11 seasons under coach Mike Brey. The last time the Irish accomplished the feat was in 1973-74 when that squad went 12-0.
All five Notre Dame starters scored in double figures. Tyrone Nash had 16 points, Scott Martin 15, Tim Abromaitis 13 and Carleton Scott 11.
Dwayne Lathan had 22 points for the Sycamores (3-4), while Jake Kelly added 17, Carl Richard 14 and Myles Walker.
Notre Dame used a 7-2 run to take a 38-33 halftime lead.