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Buckeye blitz buries Badgers

Golden Gophers bounce back; Bradley bests Redbirds

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 12:11 a.m. CDT
Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith (right) drives to the basket against Wisconsin's Ryan Evans during the second half Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 58-49.

By The Associated Press

Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio.

The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup between them.

The victory moved Ohio State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) into third place in the Big Ten, and the loss dropped Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) two games off the pace set by co-leaders Indiana and Michigan (6-1).

Traevon Jackson, the son of Buckeyes great Jimmy Jackson, led the Badgers with 12 points in the arena where his dad’s jersey hangs from the rafters.

No. 23 Minnesota 84, Nebraska 65: Rodney Williams snapped out of a funk to score 23 points, and No. 23 Minnesota got a much-needed confidence boost with a victory over Nebraska in Minneapolis.

Andre Hollins scored 14 points, and Austin Hollins had 13 points for the Golden Gophers (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing skid that caused them to plummet in the rankings.

Ray Gallegos scored 30 points for Nebraska (11-11, 2-7), which shot 55 percent, but was outrebounded 36-19 and forced just six turnovers.

Bradley 83, Illinois State 77: Walt Lemon Jr. scored a career-high 27 points, helping Bradley snap its losing streak against intrastate rival Illinois State with a win in Peoria.

Tyshon Pickett and Dyricus Simms-Edwards chipped in 15 points apiece for the Braves (13-9, 5-5 Missouri Valley), who had lost their last seven games against Illinois State.

John Wilkins and Jackie Carmichael scored 16 points each for the Redbirds (12-10, 3-7), who led by as many as 16 in the first half before Bradley rallied.

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