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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00 am

College Basketball

Buckeyes get back to winning

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – C.J. Walker scored 18 points to help No. 21 Ohio State snap a four-game losing streak with a 80-68 win over Nebraska on Tuesday night.

The Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) hadn't won since before Christmas, but they took charge early and rolled over the Cornhuskers, whose transfer-heavy lineup is still learning to play together.

Ohio State played typically good defense and finally knocked down some shots, even without suspended guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. available. That put the pressure on guards D.J. Carton and Walker, both of whom played most of the game. Carton finished with 13 points to go along with five assists. Kaleb Wesson had 13 points and 14 rebounds

Thorir Thorbjarnarson paced Nebraska ( 7-10, 2-4) with 15 points and three players had 10. The Huskers shot 42.4% in losing their second in a row.

BALL STATE 69, EASTERN MICHIGAN 52: In Ypsilanti, Michigan, Tahjai Teague scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and the Cardinals topped the Eagles.

Teague's career-high of 28 points came against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 8 last year.

Ishmael El-Amin had 16 points and seven assists for Ball State (10-7, 3-1 Mid-American Conference). Kyle Mallers added 10 points and Jarron Coleman distributed eight assists for the visiting team.

Noah Morgan had 14 points for the Eagles (10-7, 0-4), whose losing streak reached four games. Yeikson Montero added 12 points.

Ty Groce, whose 12 points per game coming into the matchup led the Eagles, shot just 1 of 5. Ball State plays Miami (Ohio) at home on Saturday.

SAINT FRANCIS 81, MT. VERNON NAZARENE 72: In Mount Vernon, Ohio, Austin Compton had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the No. 17 Cougars to an upset of the No. 4 team.

Guard Antwaan Cushingberry added 15 points for Saint Francis (15-4, 4-3 CL).

INDIANA WESLEYAN 97, HUNTINGTON 66: In Marion, Tanner Rubio fueled the Wildcats with a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting.Wesleyan jumped out to an 18-4 lead, shooting 8 of 11 from the field. The Wildcats led 51-31 at halftime. Indiana Wesleyan increased their lead to 30, scoring 10 unanswered points to start the second half. The Wildcats owned the paint, scoring 52 points compared to Huntington's 20.


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