COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night.
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 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.
Jared Berggren added 11 points for Wisconsin.
Aaron Craft had 13 points for the Buckeyes.
INDIANA STATE 68, No. 15 WICHITA STATE 55
WICHITA, Kan. — Manny Arop scored 17 points, including a celebratory slam in the final minute, and Indiana State snapped Wichita State’s 19-game home winning streak.
The Sycamores (14-7, 7-3 Missouri Valley) stayed in the conference race with their first victory over a ranked team in five tries this season. Davonte Brown and Jake Odum both added 10 points.
Cleanthony Early had 15 points and Demetric Williams added 14 for first-place Wichita State (19-3, 8-2), which shot 27.1 percent from the field. The Shockers had just six field goals in the second half.
Indiana State ended the half on a 17-3 run over the last 4:12, taking a 39-28 lead. Wichita State got within 50-48 with 7:26 remaining, but never pulled even.
VIRGINA 58, No. 19 N.C. STATE 55
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Joe Harris scored 22 points, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, and Virginia won its fourth straight.
Akil Mitchell added 14 points for Virginia (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), including an 18-foot jumper that put them ahead to stay, as the second-stingiest defense in the country put the clamps on.
North Carolina State (16-5, 5-3), which arrived averaging nearly 80 points per game, became the 17th team, including all seven ACC opponents, to be held under 60 points by Virginia.
C.J. Leslie, playing despite being under the weather, led the Wolfpack with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Richard Howell had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Jontel Evans hit two from the line with 26 seconds left to make the lead three. The Wolfpack never got off a good shot in the closing seconds.