Aaron Craft slashed through the lane for a career-high 21 points on Sunday — more than he had scored in his previous three games combined — to lead the No. 18 Buckeyes (20-7 overall, 10-5 Big Ten) to a 68-60 win over the fourth-ranked Spartans (22-6, 11-4) in Columbus, Ohio.
Deshaun Thomas added 12 of his 14 points in the second half for Ohio State, which stands fifth in the conference. Evan Ravenel added 10 points and a crucial block in the final minute.
Freshman Gary Harris had 14 points and Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix each had 12 for Michigan State.
TOP 25 MEN
No. 6 Duke 89, at Boston College 68: Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 19 points and 15 rebounds and the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) routed the Eagles (12-15, 4-10). Duke outscored Boston College 48-17 during the 151/2 minute span that put the game out of reach by halftime.
At No. 7 Michigan 71, Illinois 58: Trey Burke had 26 points and eight assists to help the Wolverines (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten) shake off a sluggish first half with a strong second half to defeat the Fighting Illini (20-9, 7-8), giving Michigan consecutive victories for the first time in nearly a month.
No. 20 Pittsburgh 63, at St. John’s 47: Tray Woodall scored a season-high 25 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the second half, and the Panthers (21-7, 9-6 Big East) beat the Red Storm (16-11, 8-7) for Pittsburgh’s fifth victory in its past seven road games.
At No. 25 Notre Dame 62, Cincinnati 41: Jerian Grant’s 2-of-9 shooting from the field was offset by perfect free-throw shooting, scored 13 points to lead the Irish (22-6, 10-5 Big East) over the Bearcats (19-9, 7-8). Notre Dame had four players score in double figures.
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No. 5 Duke 75, at No. 8 Maryland 59: Elizabeth Williams scored 16 points, Alexis Jones, Haley Peters and Tricia Liston added 15 points each and the Blue Devils (26-1, 16-0) clinched the Atlantic Coast Conferece regular-season title with a win over the Terrapins (22-5, 13-3).
No. 2 Notre Dame 84, at DePaul 56: Skylar Diggins earned a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Irish (25-1, 13-0 Big East) beat the Blue Demons (19-8, 7-6) for their 20th in a row.
At No. 7 Penn State 68, Michigan 57: Maggie Lucas scored 21 points and the Lady Lions (23-3, 13-1 Big Ten) held off a late charge by the Wolverines (19-8, 8-6) to clinch a a share of its second straight Big Ten regular-season title.
At LSU 77, No. 8 Kentucky 72: Jeanne Kenney hit all five 3-pointers she attempted and finished with a career-high 22 points to lead the Lady Tigers (17-10, 8-6 SEC) in an upset of the Wildcats (23-4, 11-3).
At Vanderbilt 61, No. 10 Texas A&M 51: Tiffany Clarke scored 22 of her career-high 30 points in the second half to help the Commodores (18-9, 8-6 SEC) upend the Aggies (21-7, 11-3). It was Vanderbilt’s first win against a top 10 team since knocking off No. 6 Georgia on Jan. 14, 2010.McClatchy news services