COLLEGE BASKETBALL Harris, Cavaliers upset Wolfpack
nGuard scores a game-high 22 to lead Virginia over No. 19 North Carolina State, 58-55. ASSOCIATED PRESS,
Joe Harris scored 22 points, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, and Virginia beat No. 19 North Carolina State 58-55 on Tuesday night, the Cavaliers' fourth straight victory.
Akil Mitchell added 14 points for Virginia (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), including an 18-foot jumper that put them ahead to stay, as the second-stingiest defense in the country put the clamps on.
North Carolina State (16-5, 5-3), which arrived averaging nearly 80 points per game, became the 17th team, including all seven ACC opponents, to be held under 60 points by Virginia.
C.J. Leslie, playing despite being under the weather, led the Wolfpack with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Richard Howell had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Leslie missed what would have been a tying free throw with 3:20 left, and when Jontel Evans hit two from the line with 26 seconds left, the lead was three. The Wolfpack never got off a good shot in the closing seconds.
The Wolfpack suffered a critical loss midway through the first half when point guard Lorenzo Brown limped off with what appeared to be a left ankle injury. He got medical attention on the bench, went to the locker room, came back and got more attention, but appeared significantly hobbled and didn't return.
Ohio State 58, Wisconsin 49: Deshaun the Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 OBuckeyes past the Badgers.
The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup between them.
The victory moved Ohio State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) into third place in the Big Ten and dropped Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) two games off the pace.
Indiana State 68, Wichita State 55: Manny Arop scored 17 points, including a celebratory slam in the final minute, to lead the Sycamores to a victory over the No. 15 Shockers.
The Sycamores (14-7, 7-3 Missouri Valley) stayed in the conference race with their first victory over a ranked team in five tries this season.