A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015:
Indiana 83, St. John’s 73
The Hoosiers had a lead as big as 17 in the first half and led by double digits at the half. The Red Storm opened the second half on a 10-3 run to slice the lead down to four, but Indiana had it back to double digits not two minutes later. The Hoosiers shot 58 percent from the field and got 30 points from their bench. Yogi Ferrell led the way with 22 points and seven assists, while Thomas Bryant had 19 points. James Blackmon Jr. was also in double figures with 12 points.
Maryland 77, Illinois State 66
The Terps got everything they could handle from the Redbirds down in Cancun. After Maryland built an early eight-point lead, Illinois State went on a 20-7 run, using three 3s in two minutes to take a five-point lead. The Terps answered with six straight to kick off a back-and-forth first-half finish that didn’t see either team lead by more than two. In the second half, Maryland had a 10-2 run, and Illinois State had an 11-2 run to each take short-lived modest leads. It wasn’t until the Terps went on a 16-5 run, capped by back-to-back triples by Jared Nickens and Rasheed Sulaimon to finally determine the game. It was a six-point game with a minute and a half to play, and Jake Layman hit a dagger of a 3-pointer to effectively end it. Maryland shot 50 percent on the night, getting 18 points from Sulaimon and 15 points and seven assists from Melo Trimble.
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Nebraska 67, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 44
The Huskers held the visiting Golden Lions to just 19 first-half points and a 30.6-percent shooting mark on the night, plus held a 50-33 rebounding advantage. Andrew White had 16 points and five rebounds, while Shavon Shields had 15 points and five rebounds. Ed Morrow had three blocks off the bench.
The Cats started off extremely hot, beginning the game on a 28-9 run and holding a 20-point lead in the middle of the first half. The Tigers, though, had the lead down to single digits not long into the second half and had it down to just three in the final minute. Despite a couple missed Northwestern free throws, Mizzou couldn’t hit a big shot as the Cats held on. Bryant McIntosh scored Northwestern’s first 11 points but finished with only 13 and fouled out. Tre Demps also had 13 points in the win.
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Ohio State 82, Louisiana Tech 74
The Buckeyes fell behind early, as the visiting Bulldogs scored the game’s first seven points. Louisiana Tech answered game-tying buckets from Ohio State in the first half with runs of 8-0 and 7-0. After the Buckeyes tied the game at 55 in the second half, the Bulldogs answered with a 12-4 run, and things never got closer than four after that. Ohio State never led in the game, adding another unexpected upset loss to the record after last week’s defeat against UT-Arlington. Marc Loving’s 25-point night went to waste, as did Jae’Sean Tate’s double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Penn State 86, Radford 74
The Nittany Lions were outscored by nine in the second half and allowed the Highlanders to shoot 56.4 percent from the field and to hit 12 3-pointers. Despite turning the ball over just five times, Penn State was beat on the boards and missed nine free throws. Still, five Lions scored in double figures: Julian Moore (16), Brandon Taylor (15), Shep Garner (11), Payton Banks (10) and Devin Foster (10).