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College basketball: Wolverines dig hole too deep in Columbus

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 12:14 a.m. CST
Ohio State's Sam Thompson dunks against Michigan during the second half of the Big Ten matchup Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 56-53.

As has happened so often the past decade, Michigan’s dreams died Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

This time it was the basketball team’s perfect 16-0 run and opportunity to take the nation’s No. 1 ranking. Both vanished as the Wolverines fell 56-53 at Value City Arena.

Michigan (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) overcame a 21-point deficit to tie the game with 6 minutes left had another chance to tie with about 13.9 left, but Trey Burke missed a three when Michigan trailed 52-50.

Iowa 70, Northwestern 50: Aaron White led a balanced attack with 17 points as Iowa broke a three-game Big Ten losing streak in Evanston.

Josh Oglesby had 14 points, and Melsahn Basabe added 10 for the Hawkeyes (12-5, 1-3), who broke a five-game losing streak to Northwestern.

Dave Sobolewski had 14 points, and Tre Demps added 10 for the Wildcats (10-7, 1-3).

Iowa opened a 25-15 lead by halftime.

No. 22 Michigan State 66, Nebraska 56: Derrick Nix made two free throws with a minute left and finished with 17 points to lead Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.

The Spartans (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) have won three straight and kept the Cornhuskers (9-8, 0-4) winless in the Big Ten.

N.J.I.T. 83, Chicago State 78, 3OT: Dixon High School alumnus Matt Ross scored a team-high 19 points, but Chicago State came up short Saturday in Newark, N.J.

Ross logged 51 minutes and filled out a double-double with 11 rebounds. He and the Cougars (4-14) outscored the Highlanders (8-8) 29-20 in the second half.

Women’s basketball

Illinois State 71, Drake 66: Rock Falls native Jamie Russell scored just four points, but Illinois State scored a 71-66 victory over Drake on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Russell also had two rebounds and two steals.

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