Buckeyes feast on Louisiana cupcake
Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points and LaQuinton Ross added 15 to lead No. 3 Ohio State past Louisiana at Monroe 71-31 on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.
Amedeo Della Valle chipped in with 14 points for the Buckeyes (13-0), who have won their first 13 games in a season for the fifth time in school history (1961, '62, '91 and 2011).
Jayon James led the Warhawks (3-5), who have lost their last four, with eight points.
No. 19 N. Carolina 75, N. Kentucky 60: James Michael McAdoo scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to help North Carolina win at home.
Marcus Paige and Leslie McDonald added 11 points each for the Tar Heels (9-3), who never trailed after opening the game with a 14-2 run.
Tyler White scored 13 points to lead the Norse (4-8), whose three-game winning streak ended.
DePaul 57, Nothwestern 56: Billy Garrett Jr. scored the game-winning basket as time expired and DePaul beat Northwestern in Evanston.
Sandi Marcius finished with 12 points and Cleveland Melvin added 11 for DePaul (8-5).
Leading 52-51, Tommy Hamilton IV found Marcius, who was fouled on a dunk and made a free throw to complete a three-point play with 35.2 seconds left to put DePaul up 55-51.
Northwestern (7-6) had a chance in the final seconds. Tre Demps made two free throws, then, after Brandon Young missed the front end of a one-and-one, Demps was fouled on his putback. He missed both free throws, but Northwestern got the rebound and James Montgomery found Dave Sobolewski at the top of the key for a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left to give Northwestern a 56-55 lead.
DePaul broke a full-court press, Durrell McDonald found Garrett underneath the basket, and his shot just beat the clock.