Men’s College Basketball Roundup

Scrappy Hoosiers knock off another ranked team

2014-03-03T00:00:00Z 2014-03-04T18:50:07Z Scrappy Hoosiers knock off another ranked teamThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tom Crean challenged Indiana’s players to make up for the loss of his top NBA prospect Sunday.

Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea came up with all the necessary hustle plays. Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Will Sheehey filled in the scoring line. Everybody else helped the defense shut out No. 22 Ohio State from three-point range and not allow a basket from longer than 10 feet.

It was just the way Crean hoped his young team would respond to hearing that freshman Noah Vonleh would miss the game with a foot injury.

Ferrell scored 20 points and Sheehey added 19 as the suddenly hot Hoosiers hung on for a 72-64 victory, their second upset of a ranked team in four days.

“We still had to figure out how we were going to get fouled. And we had to rebound better,” Crean said after learning Vonleh, the Big Ten’s leading rebounder, wouldn’t play. “We had to open the court a little bit more. We just had to really make sure our spacing was really, really good.”

The Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) did all that and more — even on a day that started bleakly.

Fears of a severe ice and snow storm kept some fans home from the usually packed Assembly Hall, and those who did make it in had to contend with travel advisories issued in the nearby counties after the game.

In between, Crean used his Twitter account to announce Vonleh would sit out with inflammation in his foot. He showed up for warm-ups in a gray sweatsuit with a boot on his left foot as the Hoosiers tried to pay back Ohio State for ruining last year’s Senior Night celebration with their own upset at Assembly Hall.

Ferrell and Sheehey made sure nothing would get in their way this time.

“I think it just shows the grittiness of our team,” said Ferrell, the only returning starter from last year’s Big Ten champs. “I feel like everyone stepped up to the challenge. We just really wanted to get this win.”

Only two Buckeyes scored in double figures — LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 19 points each. Nobody else had more than seven points as the Buckeyes lost their second straight.

No. 8 Villanova 73, Marquette 56: In Philadelphia, Darrun Hilliard scored a career-high 26 points and Villanova set a school record for regular-season wins.

Josh Hart added 13 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 Big East), which has won four straight and 10 of 11.

No. 14 Wisconsin 71, Penn State 66: In State College, Pa., Josh Gasser scored 15 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin offense and the Badgers won their seventh straight.

Wisconsin (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten) held onto third place in the Big Ten as Ben Brust scored 14 points and Traevon Jackson, who made four clutch free throws down the stretch, added 13.

No. 20 Iowa 83, Purdue 76: In Iowa City, Iowa, Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 points and Iowa snapped a three-game losing streak.

Aaron White and Mike Gesell added 15 points each for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), who have recorded consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in eight years.

No. 25 New Mexico 72, Nevada 58: In Reno, Nev., Cameron Bairstow scored 22 points to help New Mexico to its fifth straight win.

Kendall Williams added 11 points and 10 assists and Alex Kirk had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos (24-5, 14-2 Mountain West), who remain tied for first place in the Mountain West Conference with No. 13 San Diego State.

Pac-12

UCLA 74, Oregon State 69: In Los Angeles, the Bruins were eliminated from the Pac-12 title chase when Arizona won Sunday, but the win over Oregon State kept UCLA in second place with a week left.

Jordan Adams had 24 points while Kyle Anderson added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Bruins.

Roberto Nelson led Oregon State with 23 points.

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