COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night.
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 set by co-leaders Indiana and Michigan (6-1).
Traevon Jackson, the son of Buckeyes great Jimmy Jackson, led the Badgers with 12 points in the arena where his dad’s jersey hangs from the rafters.
Jared Berggren added 11 points for Wisconsin.
Aaron Craft had 13 points for the Buckeyes.
Also on Tuesday:
Indiana State 68
No. 15 Wichita State 55
WICHITA, Kan. — Manny Arop scored 17 points, including a celebratory slam in the final minute, and Indiana State snapped a 19-game home winning streak for Wichita State (19-3, 8-2 Missouri Valley).
No. 16 Mississippi 74
OXFORD, Miss. — Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 points and Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocked shots for Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) against Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1), which had its nine-game winning streak snapped.
No. 19 N.C. State 55
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Joe Harris scored 22 points, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, and Virginia (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its fourth straight, beating the Wolfpack (16-5, 5-3).
No. 23 Minnesota 84
MINNEAPOLIS — Rodney Williams scored 23 points for Minnesota (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten), which snapped a four-game losing streak.