No. 2 Ohio State 89, Illinois 70
COLUMBUS, Ohio — David Lighty scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and William Buford had all 17 of his in the first to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Illinois 89-70 on Tuesday night.
Jared Sullinger 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten), who had lost two of three after winning their first 25 games.
Mike Davis scored 18 points and Demetri McCamey had 15 points and six assists.
Ohio State shot 53 percent from the field to end Illinois’ string of 37 consecutive games holding an opponent under 50 percent.
No. 5 Texas 76, Iowa St. 53
AUSTIN, Texas — Jordan Hamilton broke out of a two-game shooting slump with 20 points and Texas rebounded from its first loss in a month.
Tristan Thompson shook off an early flub when he tipped the ball into the wrong basket to finish with 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Longhorns (24-4, 12-1 Big 12). Hamilton and Thompson keyed a big Texas run at the start of the second half that put the game away.
Texas had won 11 straight to grab first place in the Big 12 before losing at Nebraska last weekend.
Diante Garrett scored 16 points to lead the Cyclones.(14-14, 1-12), who lost their 10th straight overall and seventh in a row to Texas.
No. 16 Louisville 55, Rutgers 37
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Preston Knowles hit three 3-pointers in a game-opening 17-2 run for Louisville.
The Cardinals (21-7, 10-5 Big East) hit six of their first nine shots from long range in opening a 19-point first-half lead and handing Rutgers (13-14, 4-11) its third straight loss and seventh in eight games.
Knowles finished with 14 points and eight rebounds and Kyle Kuric added 11 points for Louisville, which held Rutgers to a season-low point total in its second best defensive performance of the season.
Gilvydas Biruta had 12 points to lead the Scarlet Knights, who made 13 field goals in shooting a season-low 29.5 percent.
Tennessee 60, No. 18 Vanderbilt 51
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Scotty Hopson scored 19 points, and Tennessee rallied from 11 points down in the second half to sweep the season series from its instate rival.
Tennessee (17-11, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) has won two of its last three, and this time the Vols won by hitting their free throws when it mattered most. Hopson hit all six of his attempts as Tennessee, which hit only three of its first nine from the line, hit 11 of 12 over the final 2:52.
Melvin Goins scored 15 points for the Vols who won in coach Bruce Pearl’s 200th game at Tennessee. He celebrated by blowing a few kisses at fans as he left the court at Memorial Gym.
The Commodores (20-7, 8-5) snapped a five-game winning streak. John Jenkins, the SEC’s leading scorer, had 11 points for Vanderbilt, two in the second half. Festus Ezeli had 11 points and Steve Tchiengang, who also fouled out, scored his 10 points in the first half.
No. 25 Xavier 100, La Salle 62
CINCINNATI — Jeff Robinson scored a career-high 22 points for Xavier.
Tu Holloway, the first player in Xavier history with two career triple-doubles with his second on Saturday against Fordham, finished a rebound short of his third. He set a career high with 15 assists to go with 12 points and nine rebounds before leaving with 2:36 left in the game.
Mark Lyons scored 15 points for the Musketeers (21-6, 12-1), who have won six straight and 13 of 14. The Musketeers clinched one of the four byes in the conference tournament.