BIG TEN:?Ohio State 68, Illinois 63
Trevor Thompson scored 16 points and Ohio State survived a furious comeback by host Illinois to win in overtime Thursday night.
JaQuan Lyle hit a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left in overtime to put the Buckeyes (14-8, 6-3 Big Ten) up 66-63 and Mickey Mitchel followed with a layup to ice the game.
The Illini (10-11, 2-6) trailed by 13 with 6:34 to play but fought back and tied the game at 58-58 on a 3-pointer by Jalen Coleman-Lands with 56.9 seconds left in regulation.
But Illinois scored just five points in overtime.
Keita Bates-Diop finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State and Marc Loving scored 11 with 10 boards.
Kendrick Nunn led Illinois with 24 points, including five 3-pointers.
TOP 25:?Syracuse 81,?No. 25 Notre Dame 66
Trevor Cooney scored 22 points to lead four Syracuse players in double figures, and the Orange beat visiting Notre Dame on Thursday night.
It was the fourth victory of the season over a ranked team for Syracuse (14-8, 4-5 ACC), which built a 44-27 halftime lead and was not threatened in the second half by the Irish (14-6, 5-3), who played without injured point guard and leading scorer Demetrius Jackson.
The loss snapped the Irish’s four-game win streak.
Michael Gbinije, Tyler Lydon and Malachi Richardson each scored 15 for Syracuse.
Notre Dame freshman guard Rex Pflueger made his first career start in place of Jackson, who is out with a pulled right hamstring with Steve Vasturia playing point guard.
No. 8 Maryland 74,?No. 3 Iowa 68
Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon each scored 17 points, and host Maryland used a late charge to beat Iowa, ending the Hawkeyes’ nine-game winning streak.
The Terrapins led 62-60 before freshman center Diamond Stone dunked off a pass from Jake Layman with 1:24 left. After a steal on the other end by Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens made a layup for a six-point lead.
No. 12 Michigan State 76, Northwestern 45
Denzel Valentine made five of visiting Michigan State’s season-high 16 3-pointers and the 12th-ranked Spartans clamped down on cold-shooting Northwestern for a victory.
Valentine finished with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Spartans (18-4, 5-4 Big Ten) beat the Wildcats for the seventh straight time. Matt McQuaid scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and freshman Deyonta Davis had eight points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots.