COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Everybody has days at work where things just seem to be out of sync.
It happened to No. 3 Ohio State on Wednesday night.
LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points, including eight in a decisive 15-0 run in the middle of the game, to lead the lethargic Buckeyes past Delaware 76-64.
“Sometimes you have games where it’s not clicking the way you want it to,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “The difference between good teams and great teams is great teams can figure it out. We did momentarily at the end of the first half, but we couldn’t sustain it.”
Up by 11 points at halftime and riding a 12-0 run, the Buckeyes added to their lead when Ross hit a 3 to open the second half.
The Blue Hens got as close as eight points twice. They were still hanging around at 50-40 when Ross flipped in a half-hook off an offensive rebound and Della Valle hit a 3-pointer from the left corner. Moments later, Della Valle swished another 3 from the right elbow to make it 60-44 with 10:28 remaining.
No. 22 UMass beats
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Massachusetts isn’t relying on just one or two players to keep its unbeaten season going.
Maxie Esho and Chaz Williams both had double-doubles and three others scored in double figures as the 22nd-ranked Minutemen beat Ohio 83-71 on Wednesday night.
“I thought we played really well offensively,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. “We’re getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different players.”
Esho had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Williams had 11 points and 11 assists for the Minutemen (10-0), who shot 61.5 percent from the field (32 of 53) and led by as many as 19 points.
Sampson Carter added 14 points, including eight straight in the second half, while Derrick Gordon scored 13 points and Raphiael Putney added 11 for the Minutemen.
Sims, No. 9 Baylor women beat Mississippi 87-80
WACO, Texas (AP) — Odyssey Sims is still able to lead No. 9 Baylor when she is having a tough shooting night. Her shots seem to go in when they are needed the most.
Sims had 39 points, including a wild shot that went in before scoring the Lady Bears’ last seven points, in an 87-80 victory over Mississippi on Wednesday night that stretched their national-best home winning streak to 66 games.