COLUMBUS, Ohio – Everybody has days at work where things just seem to be out of sync.
It happened to No. 3 Ohio State on Wednesday night.
LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points, including eight in a decisive 15-0 run in the middle of the game, to lead the lethargic Buckeyes past Delaware 76-64.
Sometimes you have games where it’s not clicking the way you want it to, Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. The difference between good teams and great teams is great teams can figure it out. We did momentarily at the end of the first half, but we couldn’t sustain it.
The bottom line was the Buckeyes (11-0) won by double figures for the 11th time. They did it with balanced scoring – Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 14 points, Aaron Craft had 12, Amir Williams had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Amedeo Della Valle added 10 points – and by always keeping the Blue Hens (5-6) at arm’s length.
Our guys stood toe-to-toe for the most part with who I’m going to call the best team in the country, Delaware coach Monte’ Ross said. I’m just going to say that and I’m going to keep saying that because we played them. I hope they win every game the rest of the way.
It was a surprisingly tepid shooting night for the Buckeyes, who had made at least 52 percent of their field goal attempts in each of the last five games to match the longest such streak since 1991-92. They ended up 24 of 59 (41 percent).
The Blue Hens got as close as eight points twice. They were still hanging around at 50-40 when Ross flipped in a half-hook off an offensive rebound and Della Valle hit a 3-pointer from the left corner.
STANFORD 53, No. 10 CONNECTICUT 51: In Hartford, Conn., Chasson Randle scored 22 points as the Cardinal (8-2) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to earn its first signature win of the season.
DeAndre Daniels had 15 points for UConn (9-1).
TEXAS 86, No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 83: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Demarcus Holland scored on a stickback of his own free throw with 4.1 seconds left to help the Longhorns pull off the upset.
Holland finished with 15 points for Texas (10-1), who survived a missed 3-pointer from the Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige on the final play to earn their sixth straight win.
Paige scored 23 points to lead North Carolina (7-3).
No. 22 MASSACHUSETTS 83, OHIO 71: In Athens, Ohio, Maxie Esho had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Chaz Williams had 11 points and 11 assists to help the Minutemen (10-0) remained undefeated.
Maurice Ndour scored 16 for the Bobcats (7-3).
SAINT LOUIS 83, INDIANA STATE 66: In St. Louis, Dwayne Evans scored a season-high 24 points and Rob Loe added 15 to lead the Billikens (10-2).
Indiana State (7-3) was within five at the 12:40 mark in the second half, but Saint Louis surged away with a 21-10 run and led by 19 with 2:08 remaining. Manny Arop led Indiana State with 16 points.
NICHOLLS STATE 62, IUPUI 56: In Indianapolis, Dantrell Thomas scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Colonels (3-5).
Marcellus Barksdale scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds for the Jaguars (4-9).
TRINE 78, FRANKLIN 74: In Angola, the Thunder (5-3) put four players in double figures led by Will Dixon’s 22 points.
Nick Tatu had 19, and Tyler Good and Jared Holmquist added 15 and 12 for Trine.
Dion Smith had 17 points for the Grizzlies (5-4).