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Ohio State hands Michigan State tough 68-60 defeat | College basketball roundup

Aaron Craft slashed through the lane for a career-high 21 points on Sunday — more than he had scored in the last three games combined...

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Aaron Craft slashed through the lane for a career-high 21 points on Sunday — more than he had scored in the last three games combined — to lead No. 18 Ohio State to a 68-60 victory over fourth-ranked Michigan State.

The loss crippled the Spartans' hopes of catching up with top-ranked Indiana, which now leads the Big Ten race by two full games with four remaining.

Deshaun Thomas had 12 of his 14 points in the second half for the Buckeyes (20-7, 10-5), who stand 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 the Spartans (22-6, 11-4), who have dropped two in a row after winning 11 of 12.

Other Top 10 men

At No. 6 Duke 89,

Boston College 68

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 27 points and Duke routed Boston College.

Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Ryan Anderson scored 23 points to lead the Eagles (12-15, 4-10).

At No. 7 Michigan 71, Illinois 58

Trey Burke had 26 points and eight assists to help Michigan (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten) bounce back from a slow start to beat Illinois (20-9, 7-8).

The Wolverines shook off a sluggish first half with a strong second half to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.

Top 5 women

No. 2 Notre Dame 84,

at DePaul 56

Skylar Diggins finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Notre Dame (25-1, 13-0 Big East) won its 20th straight, beating DePaul (18-9, 7-6)

No. 5 Duke 75,

at No. 8 Maryland 59

Elizabeth Williams scored 16 points and Duke (26-1, 16-0) beat Maryland (22-5, 13-3) to clinch the ACC regular-season title.

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