COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MEN’S ROUNDUP
Mark Lyons had 17 points, Grant Jerrett scored 15 and No. 4 Arizona showed no signs of a letdown after its biggest win of the season, rolling over Oral Roberts 89-64 Tuesday night.
Arizona (9-0) pulled off an improbable victory over then-No. 5 Florida on Saturday and leaves for a tournament in Hawaii on Thursday. The Wildcats had no trouble keeping their focus, racing out to a 17-point first-half lead and shooting 57 percent overall.
Arizona is off to its best start since going 12-0 in 1987-88.
Oral Roberts (5-5) shot 38 percent and leading scorer Warren Niles had most of his 22 points after the game was out of reach.
No. 7 Ohio State 65, Winthrop 55: Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points — missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another — to lead the Buckeyes (9-1) past the visiting Eagles (4-5).
Whether Ohio State was looking past Winthrop and ahead to Saturday’s opponent No. 9 Kansas, or whether the Eagles just played well and the Buckeyes did not, the game was in doubt until Thomas got hot.
Thomas added nine rebounds and a careerhigh four assists.
Derrick Henry scored 12 points to lead Winthrop.
No. 9 Kansas 87, Richmond 59: Jeff Withey had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Ben McLemore added 14 points and the Jayhawks (9-1) beat the visiting Spiders (9-3).
Travis Releford and Naadir Tharpe each added 11 points, and Elijah Johnson had seven assists for the Jayhawks, who will ride an eightgame win streak into Saturday’s showdown at No. 7 Ohio State — a rematch of last year’s national semifinal won by Kansas.
The Jayhawks used an 18-0 first-half run to bury the Spiders, allowing them to push their home winning streak to 28 games, tied for the sixthlongest in school history.
Derrick Williams had 14 points to lead Richmond.
Richmond guard Darien Brothers (bottom) and Kansas forward Kevin Young hit the floor to wrestle for the loose ball during Tuesday’s game.