Ohio State's fast start was too much for Indiana's frantic finish.
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes won the showdown for the Big Ten lead Monday night by completely dominating the first half, then hanging on for a 93-85 victory over third-ranked Indiana."I really thought the first half was the key to our winning the game. We really got off to a great start and got the tempo in our favor," Ohio coach Randy Ayers said after his team improved to 16-0, 6-0 in the Big Ten.
Jamaal Brown, not known as a long-distance shooter, hit three 3-pointers in the first half and added the last five of his career-high 29 points in the final 1:35 for Ohio State.
It was only the second win in 19 visits to Assembly Hall for the Buckeyes, and Indiana coach Bob Knight agreed that Ohio State's flawless first half left his team with too big a deficit to overcome.
Ohio State led 48-29 at halftime and extended its lead to 54-32 early in the second half before Indiana began its rally behind Calbert Cheaney, who scored 22 of his 28 points in the final 20 minutes.
No. 1 UNLV 88, UC Santa Barbara 71
Anderson Hunt scored 26 points and top-ranked UNLV ran its winning streak to a school-record 25 games with its closest victory of the season.
The Rebels, who entered the game outscoring their opponents by an average of 33.3 points, had won their 13 previous games by at least 20 points.
Larry Johnson scored 19 points for the Rebels (14-0, 8-0 Big West Conference). Gary Gray had a game-high 27 points for the Gauchos (8-7, 3-4).
No. 2 Arkansas 109, Florida St. 92
Todd Day scored 30 points and five other players scored in double figures as Arkansas extended its winning streak to 15 games with a win in Tallahassee.
The Razorbacks (18-1) led 62-57 at the half, but took control by scoring the first five points of the second half and kept pulling away.
Day, who entered the game averaging 22.1 points, hit 11 of 15 shots and led his team with nine rebounds. Ron Huery added 17 points, Lee Mayberry and Arlyn Bowers 16 each, Oliver Miller 12 and Isaiah Morris 10 for Arkansas, which has scored more than 100 points in 10 games this season.
Douglas Edwards led Florida State (9-6) with 24 points.
No. 6 Syracuse 58,
No. 21 Georgetown 56
David Johnson scored 18 points and Syracuse, which made a season-high eight 3-pointers, held on for the Big East win at the Capital Centre despite not scoring over the game's final 3:19.
The Orangemen (17-2, 5-2) matched their season high with seven 3-pointers in the first half, but didn't score again after their final 3-pointer, by Mike Hopkins with 3:19 to play that made it 58-52.
Charles Harrison then made two free throws for Georgetown (11-5, 3-3) with 2:59 to play. After Billy Owens missed three free throws, Ronny Thompson hit a long jumper to bring the Hoyas within two with 57 seconds left. Owens missed a jumper with 16 seconds left but Dikembe Motumbo couldn't convert a pair of lob passes.
No. 12 E. Tennessee St. 74
LaVert Threats sank two free throws with four seconds left as Tennessee-Chattanooga snapped East Tennessee State's 13-game winning streak.
Threats, a 59 percent shooter from the foul line, hit both free throws after being fouled by East Tennessee's Rodney English, who had thrown the ball out of bounds with 11 seconds left as the Buccaneers tried to set up a final shot.
Derrick Kirce led Tennessee-Chattanooga (12-6, 5-0 in the Southern Conference) with 32 points. Calvin Talford topped East Tennessee State (14-2, 4-1) with 20.
No. 15 Southern Miss. 88,
Texas-Pan American 72
Darrin Chancellor scored 23 points as Southern Mississippi won its ninth in a row.
Chancellor had 12 points during an 18-6 run midway through the second half that gave the Golden Eagles (11-1) a 71-53 lead and put the game out of reach.
Clarence Weatherspoon had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Southern Mississippi, the 11th time this season he's been in double figures in both categories. Freshman Bernard Haslett had a career-best 17 points, including nine during a 31/2-minute stretch in the first half.
No. 18 Virginia 71, Davidson 47
Virginia used a 17-0 second-half run to pull away from Davidson.
The Cavaliers (12-4) led only 28-23 at halftime despite an eight-minute stretch midway through the half in which Virginia outscored Davidson 15-0. Anthony Oliver had 8 of his 16 points in the run, which rallied Virginia from a 17-11 deficit to a 26-17 lead.
Virginia tightened its defense in the second half and outscored the Wildcats 26-6 in the first 11 minutes, including 17-0 in one stretch, to take a 54-29 lead with 8:59 remaining.
No. 23 New Mexico St. 77,
UC Irvine 60
Reggie Jordan and Ron Putzi scored 15 points apiece and New Mexico State forced 33 turnovers to beat UC Irvine in a Big West game.
The Aggies (13-2, 5-1) held the Anteaters to just three field goals in the first 121/2 minutes, then used a 10-0 run to take a 24-13 lead. New Mexico State led 38-23 at halftime and the Anteaters (7-13, 2-6) never got closer than 11 points in the second half, when the Aggies led by as much as 23.