COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jared Sullinger hammered away inside for 19 points and 15 rebounds and No. 1 Ohio State came back from a sluggish first half to beat Michigan 62-53 Thursday night, helping the Buckeyes open with 23 wins for the second time in school history.
William Buford added 13 points as Ohio State (23-0, 10-0 Big Ten) extended its conference lead to three games.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points, Darius Morris 12 and Jordan Morgan 10 for Michigan (13-9, 3-6), which fell to 1-22 all-time against No. 1s.
The Wolverines led 26-23 at the half and by five early in the second half before Ohio State continually turned to Sullinger inside to force fouls or muscle his way in for baskets.
Ohio State was 15-of-25 at the line to just 1-of-4 for Michigan.
NO. 9 NOTRE DAME 83, DEPAUL 58: At Rosemont, Ill., Ben Hansbrough scored 24 points and No. 9 Notre Dame used runs at the end of the first half and beginning of the second to run the Irish's winning streak to four games.
Notre Dame (18-4, 7-3) was coming off a nine-day layoff following its upset win at Pittsburgh on Jan. 24. It didn't take long for the rust — if there was much at all — to go away.
DePaul, meanwhile, suffered its 22nd straight loss in the Big East, counting one league tournament game. The Blue Demons (6-15, 0-8) have also dropped 25 straight to ranked opponents.
Scott Martin added 15 points and Tim Abromatis 13 for the Irish. Freshman Brandon Young led DePaul with 16. The Blue Demons' leading scorer Cleveland Melvin, averaging 14.5, managed just four.
OREGON STATE 68, NO. 20 WASHINGTON 56: At Portland, Ore., Jared Cunningham had 19 points and the Oregon State Beavers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Scott Suggs had a career-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers for Washington (15-6, 7-3 Pac-10) which lost its second straight.
Oregon State (9-12, 4-6) took a 58-52 lead on Omari Johnson's layup off an offensive rebound. After Isaiah Thomas made 2-of-3 free throws for the Huskies, Calvin Haynes made one for the Beavers.
Haynes' layup and foul shot with 1:48 left extended it to 62-54 and put the Gill Coliseum crowd on its feet. The Beavers made free throws the rest of the way to put it away, snapping an eight-game winning streak for Washington in the series between the two teams.Comment on this story
NO. 21 ARIZONA 78, STANFORD 69: At Stanford, Calif., Derrick Williams shrugged off pain in his right pinky to score 21 points and grab eight rebounds.
The sophomore star had part of his shooting hand buried in tape and gauze to protect his pinky after it was bent backward against UCLA last week and still put together a complete performance. Lamont Jones added 15 points, and Jesse Perry scored 12 to help Arizona(19-4, 8-3) overtake Washington for the Pac-10 lead after the Huskies lost to Oregon State earlier in the night.
The Wildcats have won four straight.
Jeremy Green had 21 points, and Josh Owens finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for a Stanford (11-10, 4-6) team that suddenly is struggling at home. After winning their first eight at Maples Pavilion this season, the Cardinal are 1-3 since.