Buckeyes win again, get U next

• OHIO STATE 73, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 57: Keita Bates-Diop had the best first half of his short college career when the Buckeyes needed him the most. The sophomore scored 17 of his career-high 24 points in the first half to help Ohio State (8-5) win its fourth game in a row, beating the Bulldogs (5-9) on Sunday. Bates-Diop was 8-for-14 from the floor, including 5-for-9 on three-pointers, and tied a career high with 10 rebounds. "My teammates found me in the right spots and I was really open most of the time," he said. Ohio State opens Big Ten play by playing host to the Gophers on Wednesday.

• NO. 4 MARYLAND 87, MARSHALL 67: Diamond Stone is finding his scoring touch just in time for his Big Ten debut. The freshman center continued his recent strong stretch, finishing with 16 points as the host Terrapins (11-1) pulled away from the Thundering Herd (4-9). Stone, a Wisconsin native and McDonald's All-America, was 8-for-10 from the field. After a sluggish start to the season, he has scored in double figures in his past five games.

• NORTHWESTERN 74, LOYOLA (MD.) 59: Bryant McIntosh scored a career-high 33 points and the host Wildcats (12-1) rallied without Alex Olah to beat the Greyhounds (1-10). Olah, a senior center averaging 12.8 points per game, sat out because of a left foot injury and had a walking boot on.


• SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 65, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 61: Deondre Parks scored 16 points and the Jackrabbits (11-3) survived bad free throw shooting to hold off the Blue Raiders (7-4) in Sioux Falls. South Dakota State went 15-for-33 from the foul line, 10-for-22 in the second half, but secured the win on Tevin King's free throw with 10 seconds left.

• MARQUETTE 84, PRESBYTERIAN 66: Freshman Henry Ellenson had 17 points and 16 rebounds for his seventh double-double, and the Golden Eagles (10-2) won their ninth game in a row, beating the Blue Hose (5-8) in Milwaukee.