Lewis lifts Ohio State past Tennessee, 68-66

From the Associated Press

Ron Lewis gave Ohio State’s fans something to smile about.

Lewis made a three-point basket with 11.2 seconds left to help the fifth-ranked Buckeyes defeat No. 16 Tennessee, 68-66, Saturday at Columbus, Ohio.

Asked what he was thinking about as he came off a weave and popped free at the top of the key, Lewis said, “I just thought about winning. I didn’t know how many points we were down. I just knew we needed a bucket to win.”

Lewis’ basket gave the Buckeyes (14-3) their first victory against a ranked team this season after losses to top-10 road opponents North Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin.


But it probably would not have happened without a superb effort from freshman center Greg Oden.

Oden played his most dominating game of the season -- 24 points, 15 rebounds and many shots altered on defense -- to lead the Buckeyes past the Volunteers (13-4).

“Coach had the mind-set we were going to attack them inside,” said Oden, who made nine of 13 shots. “My teammates did a good job of getting the ball to me in the right spots. It was a dunk from there.”

Maryland 92, No. 17 Clemson 87 -- The Terrapins (15-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) took care of the last unbeaten team in Division I at College Park, Md.


“We knew what was at stake. This game was the biggest of the year for us,” said Ekene Ibekwe, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. “Clemson is a pretty good team, and we just wanted to come out and give them their first loss, especially at home.”

The Tigers (17-1, 3-1) had limited opponents to an average of 61 points, though North Carolina State scored 76 in a loss Tuesday night. The last time the Tigers started 17-0 was 1986.

No. 6 Kansas 68, Iowa State 64 -- The Jayhawks (15-2, 2-0 Big 12) nearly lost to an unranked opponent for the third time this season. But the host Cyclones (11-6, 2-1) shot 42% from the free-throw line and were outrebounded, 48-32, at Ames, allowing Kansas to extend its winning streak to nine in overtime.

Brandon Rush tied the score at 63-63 on an alley-oop dunk with 1:52 left in the overtime period. He then stripped Mike Taylor on the other end, and his dunk gave Kansas a two-point lead. Corey McIntosh was called for traveling, and Mario Chalmers made two free throws to give the Jayhawks a 67-63 lead with 21.9 seconds left.

No. 9 Oklahoma State at Nebraska -- An ice storm kept the Cowboys from heading north to Lincoln, forcing postponement of their game against the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska officials said the Cowboys couldn’t leave Friday night as scheduled for the afternoon game, so it was rescheduled for the evening. But the bad weather and travel conditions didn’t improve enough Saturday to let the Cowboys travel.


No. 3 Duke 81, No. 1 Maryland 62 -- The Blue Devils’ smothering defense dominated a team that entered the game at Durham, N.C., with the nation’s best field-goal percentage (53.8).


The Terrapins (18-1, 2-1 ACC) were held to 37.8% by the Blue Devils -- who have the nation’s stingiest defense -- and were held to one-for-15 shooting during the final 5:49 of the first half.

Lindsay Harding scored 28 points and Alison Bales had 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks for the Blue Devils, who closed the first half with a 13-4 run.