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C2 | SPRINGFIELDNEWS-SUN | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. SPORTS OHIO STATE 55, INDIANA52 Wesson’s tie-breaking dunk lifts Buckeyes dismalshootingperformance and finally got the crowd into the game when Langford made his second 3 in a 9-0 run to tie the score at 47 with 4:54 left. Langford finished with 15 points. Devonte Green’s long, buzzer- beating 3 sent the fans into a frenzy as Indiana took 52- 49 lead with 1:46 to play. But Jackson matched Green’s basket andWesson won it with his defense and his offense. “We just knew they were going to be heavy on the ball screen sowe tried to slip him out and put Kaleb high,” Ohio State coach ChrisHoltmannsaid. “I thought Andre did a great job finishing and the pass was perfect.” the junior forward continuallymade an impact. He finished with 15 points, four rebounds and two steals — none bigger than the one he had with 42 seconds to go that prevented Indiana from taking a potential go-ahead shot. And when it mattered most, Wesson played perfectly. “They slipped him out. Our rotation was there. I thought Romeo (Langford) had a chance tomakemaybe a blocked shot, but he got it off the glass quickly,” Hoosiers coachArchie Miller said. “Our help obviously didn’t get there in time.” Wesson’s younger brother, Kaleb, and Jackson each scored 10 points and were the only other players to reach double figures for the resurgent Buckeyes ( 16-7, 6-6 Big Ten), who havewon three straight. Indiana (13-11, 4-9), meanwhile, continues to struggle. It has lost nine of 10. The Hoosiers fought valiantly to overcome another an old- school look. On the inside of the waistband was the word “ballroom,” a reference to the Harlem Renaissance Movement and its impact on the black community and the sport of basketball. Garrett’s son, Billy Jr., attended the game. ByMichaelMarot AssociatedPress Ohio State’s Andre Wesson kept fighting through the muck Sunday. When he finally got free in the final minute, he stole a win. We s s o n f o r c e d a game-changing turnover in the final minute and then slipped behind one defender and got to the basket for a tie-breaking dunk with 20 seconds left to give the Buckeyes a 55- 52 victory over Indiana. “This is kind of the Andre I’ve seen since he got here,” saidC.J. Jackson, whose long, shot-clock beating 3 tied the score with 71 seconds left. “He’s playing unbelievable for us right now and we’re going to need his scoring, his ability to do everything he does on the court for us.” Sunday’s gamewas a perfect example of how valuable Wesson can be. Whilehis teammates struggled toget insyncoffensively, BLOOMINGTON, IND. — Stat pack Ohio State: After shooting 38.5 percent in the first half, the Buckeyes shot 50 percent in the second half. ... Musa Jallowled the Buckeyes with six rebounds. ... Jackson had four of Ohio State’s 13 assists. ... It was the lowest combined score in the series since the Buckeyes won 52-51 in March 2006. Has lost four consecutivehomegames for the first time since 2010-11. ... TheHoosiers are 20-6 under Miller when holding teams to fewer than 70 points. ... Juwan Morgan had three points and a career-high 14 rebounds. ... Green scored 10 points as the Hoosiers shot 39.6 percent from the field. Indiana’s Juwan Morgan (middle) battles for the ball againstOhio State’s Kyle Young (left) and C. J. Jackson during the first half of their game Sunday in Bloomington, Ind. DARRON CUMMINGS / AP Indiana: The Hoosiers forced 15 turnovers butwere 6 of 20 on 3s and got outrebounded35-29. If thosenumbers don’t change, Indiana’s struggles will continue. color barrier. Garrett became the first black player to start for a Big Ten basketball team on Dec. 4, 1948. Hewas named an All-American in 1951 and finished his career in 1952 as theHoosiers’ career scoring leader (792 points). TheHoosierswore shooting shirts with a special logo on their left sleeve and pinstriped uniforms that featured Indiana: Big picture Ohio State: The Buckeyes have scored fewer than 70 points in five of their last six games. And they’ll need more scoring punch to survive a tough final stretch and secure an NCAA Tournament bid. Uniform change Indiana wore commemorative uniforms Sunday to honor the 70th anniversary season of the late Bill Garrett breaking the Big Ten’s TOP 25 REWIND No. 2 Duke hits fromoutside to beatVirginia time in 16 seasons under Hall of Fame coach RoyWilliams entering anothermarquee game: Monday’s visit from Virginia. this season. It helped that theWolverines had a better day against Badgers forward Ethan Happ in Round 2. Happ, a preseason Associated Press All-American, had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists with just one turnover in the first meeting . The 6- foot-10 senior still had a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) in the rematch, but he had just one assists with five of Wisconsin’s seven turnovers. ByAaronBeard Wisconsin forward EthanHapp (left) makes a layupas Michigan center Jon Teske defends during the second half of their game Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. AssociatedPress S e c - ond-ranked Duke got rolling from3-point range, then took a big step toward winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season race. The Blue Devils beat thirdranked Virginia 81-71 on Saturday night in a matchup of league heavyweights ahead of Monday’s new AP Top 25 poll. That secured a regularseason sweep of the reigning league champion Cavaliers. Nowthe Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 ACC) hold the head-toheadtiebreaker with theCavaliers (20-2, 8-2) entering the final month of the schedule, which will make it tougher for Virginia to catch them in the standings. Virginia’s two losses toDukemean the Cavaliers have lost more games against league opponents this year compared with its 20-1 run during last year’s regular-season and tournament titles. Maybe more importantly, Duke’s torrid 3-point shooting showed how difficult it will be for any team— inside or outside the league — to stop the Blue Devils if their outside shot is falling. RALEIGH, N. C. — Still rolling Top-ranked Tennessee is still rolling along. The Volunteers (22-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) won two games by a dozen points this week, beating Missouri and Florida to push their school-recordwinning streak to 18 games. It’s the nation’s longest active streak and now stands as the longest for coach Rick Barnes in a career spanning more than three decades. “The fact of the matter is I just say, ‘Let’s win the next one, let’s try to win the next game,’ because wins are hard to come by at any point in time,” Volunteers coach Rick Barnes said. “The fact that they’ve done what they’ve done, they get the credit for it, but I’ve never thought about win streaks or any of that.” CARLOS Tip-ins OSORIO / AP Fifth- ranked Kentucky ( 20-3, 9-1 SEC) pushed its win streak to 10 games by beating South Carolina and Mississippi State . ... Ninthranked Michigan State (19-5, 10-3 Big Ten) had lost three straight games before Saturday’s victory over Minnesota. ... Markus Howard went for 38 points in No. 10 Marquette’s victory over No. 14 Villanova, marking his third 30-point output in four games. ... No. 11Virginia Tech (18-5, 7-4 ACC) was the only ranked team to suffer a two-lossweek, falling to Louisville and Clemson while failing to reach 65 points each time with point guard Justin Robinson out indefinitely because of an injury. ACC co-leaders to stretch defenses thatwell going forward, there will be even more driving lanes for freshmanstars RJ Barrettand ZionWilliamson in a schedule that still includes Tuesday’s trip to No. 16 Louisville aswell as twomatchups with No. 8 North Carolina. “They have some special players inwhat they can do,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said afterward. “It’s not just if you’re really tight on them, they certainly can beat you off the dribble and get on the glass, but they weren’t missing many.” Duke entered Saturday shooting just 30.8 percent from behind the arc, ranking 13th among the ACC’s 15 teams. That is on pace to finish as by far theworst mark in programhistory, andDuke hadmade 14 of 503s (28 percent) in the two games entering its trip to Charlottesville. But with the Cavaliers working to clog the lane, Duke made 13 of 21 tries against a defense that ranks No. 3 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency (86.4 points allowed per 100 possessions). If the Blue Devils are able Duke isn’t alone atop the ACC. RivalUNC is there, too. UNC(19-4) beat North Carolina State on Tuesday by scoring 113 points , its best output in a league game in more than 15 years. Then the Tar Heels hung on to beat struggling Miami 88-85 in overtime Saturday in a game featuring big shot after big shot, primarily between UNC freshman point guard Coby White (33 points) and 5-foot-7 Miami guard Chris Lykes (27 points). That put the Tar Heels at 9-1 in the ACC for the first Wolverines slow Happ Seventh- ranked Michigan (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) beat No. 19 Wisconsin on Saturday, avenging its first loss Raiders MLBSPRINGTRAINING pretty hard. “I kind of got upset and offended when the dude came out and was telling me Iwas trying to stomp on his kid, which was not the case at all. Itwas a little outrageous. But when you can stop their best player from getting a free layup, that’s what you’ve got to do.” Freshmen subsMalachi SmithandSkyelar Potter had 14 each for the Raiders, who have won six of their last seven games. It was Smith’s second straight double- figure game after notching only two in the first 24 outings. Senior center Parker Ernsthausen chipped in nine points — his most since scoring 11 at Mississippi State on Dec. 22 — with a career-high six assists and five rebounds. Big names still searching for new jobs continued fromC1 whether he gets it or not, who cares? For us, with a lead like that, I’d be more concerned about people getting injured in garbage time. “We tookourmedicine last time. Our kids were ready. Our guys played hard.” Hughes, the primary defender on the freshman star, admittedhehadanissue with the quest for 50. “I felt like they left him in just so he could score points,” he said. “We understood, being a coach’s son, you get all the shots, and every play is called for you. “He’s a really talented player, don’t get me wrong. But I think we did feel (disrespected), especially me, up in Detroit. We weren’t going for that in this game.” With 14:43 to go and the Raiders holding a 52-37 lead, MikeDaviswas taggedwith two technicals and ejected while jawing with officials after his son took a hard foul from Love on a drive and ended up sprawled out on the court. He also barked at Love before leaving. TheTitans (9-16, 6-7) exited the arena after the game quickly and weren’t available for interviews. “Whensomeoneis that talented and can score around the (3-point) arc, when he comes into the paint, I’m going to try to wall up the best I can,” Love said. “I tried to turn a little bit and not hit him, but he landed Wednesday or Thursday except forAtlanta, which waits until Saturday. Six new managers are in charge for thesecondstraight spring training and five of them are big league rookie skippers for the second straight year. Rocco Baldelli (Minnesota), David Bell (Cincinnati), BrandonHyde (Baltimore), Charlie Montoyo (Toronto) and Chris Woodward (Texas) are first-timers running a big league dugout, joined by the Los Angeles Angels’ Brad Ausmus, Detroit’s manager from 2014-17. One of last year’s rookie managerswasAlexCora, who ledBostonto its fourthWorld Series title in 15 seasons. The Red Sox hope to become the first team to win consecutive titles since the 1998-2000 New York Yankees. Among the major trades, Philadelphia obtained catcher J.T. Realmuto from Miami, St. Louis got first basemanPaulGoldschmidt from Arizona and the New York Mets got second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz from Seattle. In the free-agent market thus far, Washington added lefthander Patrick Corbin, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder A. J. Pollock, Atlanta got third baseman Josh Donaldson and Colorado picked up second baseman Daniel Murphy. ByRonaldBlum AssociatedPress BryceHarper, MannyMachado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchelwon’t be around when the bat and ball bags are opened at spring training throughout Florida and Arizona this week. They are among the dozens of free agents still looking for jobs, joined by Mike Moustakas, Marwin Gonzalez, CarlosGonzalez and Gio Gonzalez. For the second straight winter, camps are opening with many rosters in exceptional flux. “The market will sort itself out,” St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said at last week’s owners’ meetings. “There is a long time between the end of the season and spring training, and there’s maybe not somuch a sense of urgency on whichever side it happens to be.” Amongthe164playerswho exercised free agency rights at theendof last year’sWorld Series, 84 had announced agreements on the eve of spring training. That is up from 65 of 166 at roughly the same point last season but down from 105 of 158 two years ago. Boston added J.D. Martinez last Feb. 26 and Philadelphia brought in Jake Arrieta onMarch 12. All but 26 of Bench help: Big effort: Despite hitting 37 homers last season for LosAngeles and Baltimore, shortstopMannyMachado is one of 80 free agents who are still looking for a contract this season. ELISE AMENDOLA / AP 2018 Moving up: Cole Gentry went 2 of 2 on foul shots and improved to 72 of 76 this season for 94.7 percent. The school record is 94.9. 30,000 last year for the first time since 2003. “We want players signed, particularly star players. I wish they were signed and ready to go,” baseball Commissioner RobManfred said Friday. “Wegot anotherweek before they have to report. I’m really hopeful that it’s going to get resolved during that period of time.” Oaklandtakesthefieldfirst, startingworkoutsMonday in Mesa, Arizona. Seattlefollows Tuesday in Peoria, Arizona, with both teamsgetting early starts because they open the season in Tokyo on March 20-21, a week before other teams get underway. Every other club launches practice the free agents last offseason eventually reacheddeals, but some with big-money deals flopped after late starts: Yu Darvish joined the Cubs on Feb. 13, went 1-3 and didn’t pitch afterMay 20because of arm problems. EricHosmer finalized his agreement with San Diego on Feb. 19 and hit a career-worst .253 with 69 RBIs. Alex Cobb signed with Baltimore on March 26 and went 5-16. A drawn-out negotiating processmeansclubshavelost time to market new acquisitions, whichseemsespecially significant to a sport coming off three straight years of attendance declines. Average attendance dropped below Classroom stalwarts: Wright State held a halftime ceremony to honor dozens of athletes who achieved at least a 3.0 GPA for the first semester. Eight basketball players were recognized: Love, Ernsthausen, Hughes, Gentry, Alan Vest, Bill Wampler, Adam Giles and Andrew Neff. Wright State hosts first-place Northern Kentucky ( 20- 6, 10- 3) at 9 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. Coming up: Contact this contributing [email protected] yahoo.com. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . 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