BIG TEN: No. 17 Ohio State 62, Illinois 55
LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 16 — including a crucial 3-pointer in the waning moments — to help host Ohio State end a four-game skid with a win over Illinois on Thursday night.
Aaron Craft added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4), who had lost four in a row for the first time since 2007-08.
Joseph Bertrand had 19 points, Jon Ekey 11 and Nnanna Egwu 10 for the Illini (13-7, 2-5), who lost their fifth game in a row. They haven’t won since Jan. 4 and play three of their next four games against ranked opponents.
Rayvonte Rice, averaging 17.4 points a game, was 0-for-8 from the field and went scoreless.
Penn State 58, Nebraska 54
D.J. Newbill scored 16 points to lead host Penn State past Nebraska for its first Big Ten Conference win.
John Johnson scored 13 for the Nittany Lions (10-10, 1-6), and Brandon Taylor and Tim Frazier each had 11.
Terran Petteway paced the Cornhuskers (9-9, 1-5) with 15, and Ray Gallegos added 10.
Nebraska led 29-22 at halftime, but Penn State grabbed a 47-45 lead with 4:19 left in the second when Newbill scored on a driving layup.
TOP 25: No. 1 Arizona 69, Colorado 57
Nick Johnson scored 18 points, Brandon Ashley added 15 and host Arizona remained unbeaten with a win over Colorado.
Arizona (19-0, 6-0 Pac-12) had a week off after blowing out rival Arizona State and raced out to an early 14-point lead.
Aaron Gordon added 12 points for Arizona, which overcame a 3-for-15 night from 3-point range and some missed free throws down the stretch to extend the best start in school history.
No. 6 Florida 68, Alabama 62
Michael Frazier II scored 18 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Florida to a victory over host Alabama.
It was the 10th consecutive win for the Gators (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), matching last season’s longest streak.
The Crimson Tide (8-10, 2-3) had its league-best 14-game SEC home winning streak snapped.
Florida went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line over the final 47 seconds to halt any Alabama threat.
No. 15 Cincinnati 69, Central Florida 51
Justin Jackson matched his career high by blocking seven shots and Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points with a strong second half that carried host Cincinnati to its 11th straight win, this time over Central Florida.
Cincinnati (19-2, 7-0 American Athletic) is off to its best start since 2001-02, when it was in Conference USA. The Bearcats’ winning streak is their longest since they opened last season with 12 wins.
No. 23 Memphis 82, Houston 59
Shaq Goodwin had 20 points, Joe Jackson added 18 points and seven assists, and host Memphis jumped out to an early lead in a victory over Houston.
The Tigers (14-4, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) never trailed and led by 17 in the first half of their fourth win in five games.
Meanwhile, the Cougars (11-8, 3-3) have lost three of four.
MID-AMERICAN: Ball State 71, Buffalo 68
Franko House hit the go-ahead jumper with 45 seconds to go and Jesse Berry padded the lead with two free throws as host Ball State edged Buffalo for its first Mid-American Conference win of the season.
Trailing 36-30 at the break, Ball State (4-12, 1-4) opened the second half with a 10-4 run capped by three Berry free throws, then kept the score close as the lead see-sawed between the teams down the stretch.