Top 25 roundup: Buckeyes' unbeaten start continues with easy win

Published: Thursday, Dec. 23 2010 11:54 p.m. MST

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Oakland 92-63 on Thursday night, giving coach Thad Matta his best start in his seven years with the Buckeyes.

Jared Sullinger added 16 points, Jon Diebler and David Lighty each had 13 and Aaron Craft and William Buford 12 apiece for the Buckeyes (12-0). Dallas Lauderdale matched a career best with six blocked shots.

The Buckeyes started 11-0 in Matta's second season in 2005-6, ending up 26-6.

No. 10 GEORGETOWN 86, No. 16 MEMPHIS 69: At Memphis, Tenn., Austin Freeman scored 24 points and Georgetown pulled away for the road win.

Freeman was 9-of-12 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range as the Hoyas (11-1) won their third straight. Chris Wright had 19 points, and Julian Vaughn added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hoyas outscored the Tigers 46-33 in the second half.

Will Barton had 18 points for the Tigers (9-2).

No. 11 KANSAS STATE 80, UMKC 64: At Manhattan, Kan., Rodney McGruder, doing his best to make up for Jacob Pullen's absence, hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points for Kansas State.

McGruder, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, was 7-for-10 from beyond the arc for the short-handed Wildcats (10-3), who dominated the slower and shorter Kangaroos most of the game.

Pullen, the Wildcats' captain and preseason All-American, was ordered to sit out three games right before the Wildcats lost to UNLV on Tuesday. Also absent for receiving impermissible benefits was forward Curtis Kelly, Kansas State's only other senior. The length of his suspension has not been determined.

WASHINGTON STATE 77, No. 15 BAYLOR 71: At Honolulu, Klay Thompson scored 20 points, including two key 3-pointers down the stretch, and Washington State held on for the upset in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic.

The Cougars (10-1), who nearly squandered a 20-point second-half lead, earned their fifth straight win. Five players reached double figures for Washington State, which advanced to Saturday's championship game against the winner of the Butler-Florida State semifinal.

Thompson, the son of former No. 1 NBA draft pick Mychal Thompson, made a 3 to give Washington State a 66-64 lead with 4:29 left. He hit another 3 with 1:10 to go and made two free throws with 32 seconds left.

No. 17 MINNESOTA 85, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 73: At Minneapolis, Colton Iverson scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, leading Minnesota to its fifth straight win.

Devoe Joseph added 15 points and Rodney Williams had 13 points and six rebounds for the Gophers (11-1), who open Big Ten play next week at Wisconsin.

No. 19 TENNESSEE 66, BELMONT 65: At Knoxville, Tenn., Scotty Hopson scored 19 points and drove the lane for a go-ahead layup with 5.7 seconds left as Tennessee snapped a three-game slide.

Kerron Johnson took a 3-pointer from the wing at the buzzer for the Bruins, but it rimmed out.

Tobias Harris added 17 points and five steals for Tennessee.

Scott Saunders led Belmont with 12 points. Mitch Hedgepeth had 11 and Trevor Noack 10.

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