BIG TEN: Minnesota 63, No. 11 Ohio State 53
Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help host Minnesota muscle past Ohio State and hand the Buckeyes their third loss in a row.
DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2), who gave new coach Richard Pitino his first signature win. They did it by backing down the Buckeyes and owning the area around the basket, posting a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint and a 39-24 rebounding edge. Oto Osenieks added eight points, all near the basket.
LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points for the Buckeyes (15-3, 2-3), who are on a three-game losing streak for the first time in almost four years. The other four Ohio State starters combined for only 19 points, and the conference’s second-worst free-throw shooting team went 11-for-18 from the foul line.
Mo Walker converted consecutive spin moves to draw fouls both times, good for a five-point spurt. He even had a steal to set up a fast break a few minutes later to put the Gophers up 43-39.
Then the Gophers went to their guards to break open the game down the stretch.
Andre Hollins swished a corner 3-pointer inside the 3-minute mark to make it 55-46, and Austin Hollins followed with a steal and a layup to push the lead to double digits.
TOP 25: No. 1 Arizona 91, Arizona State 68
Nick Johnson had 17 points, Aaron Gordon added 16 and host Arizona jumped on rival Arizona State early.
Arizona (18-0, 5-0 Pac-12) raced out to a 21-point lead in the first half and didn’t let up, extending the best start in school history with a flurry of dunks and 3-pointers.
The Wildcats put seven players in double figures against the Sun Devils (13-5, 2-3), who were without second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall and shot 34 percent from the field.
Connecticut 83, No. 17 Memphis 73
DeAndre Daniels had 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, Shabazz Napier added 17 points and visiting Connecticut pulled away from Memphis to win. The Huskies (14-3, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) outscored Memphis 8-2 in the final minute to secure their third consecutive win.
Daniels was 9-of-15 from the field and UConn shot 57 percent, including 61 percent after halftime. Lasan Kromah finished with 13 points, making all five attempts.
Michael Dixon led Memphis (12-4, 3-2) with 16 points.
The game was close most of the way, with three ties and 13 lead changes.
No. 18 Louisville 91, Houston 52
Wayne Blackshear scored 23 points in his first game as a reserve and host Louisville used a strong offensive start to blow out Houston.
Recent foul troubles led Cardinals coach Rick Pitino to bring Blackshear off the bench to maximize his effectiveness, and the junior forward responded by shooting 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Louisville hit 15-of-28 from beyond the arc, its highest total since making 17 against Morgan State on Dec. 27, 2010.
Hot shooting was the story as the Cardinals (15-3, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) put this one away quickly and thoroughly in the first half by hitting 11-of-15 from 3-point range (73 percent) and shooting 70 percent (21-of-30) overall. They cooled off but finished 34-of-66 (52 percent).
Russ Smith added 18 points to hand Houston (10-7, 2-2) its second loss in a row.
No. 25 UCLA 69, No. 21 Colorado 56
Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and UCLA pulled away in the second half to hand the short-handed Colorado Buffaloes their first home loss of the season.
Jordan Adams had 14 points and David Wear 13 points for UCLA (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12). Askia Booker scored 21 for Colorado (14-4, 3-2).