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Ohio 66, Akron 50
Jon Smith scored 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and hauled in 12 rebounds to help Ohio push past Akron 66-50 on Saturday night.
The Bobcats (19-8, 9-5 Mid-American) shot 54.7 percent from the field. Travis Wilkins finished with 14 points and Nick Kellogg added 11.
Akron (17-10, 9-5) stumbled through a 15-of-56 shooting performance (26.8 percent). Demetrius Treadwell and Quincy Diggs both had 13 points and nine boards, and Deji Ibitayo also contributed 13 points.
Ohio jumped out to an early 14-2 lead as Kellogg had a 3-pointer, jumper and a layup. The Zips crawled back to pull within three, but Wilkins responded with a 3-pointer and a jumper, igniting a 16-3 run to close the half and take a 36-20 advantage at the break.
With the win, the Bobcats are now tied with Akron for second place in the East Division of the MAC standings.
No. 16 Wisconsin 79, No. 15 Iowa 74
Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as No. 16 Wisconsin beat No. 15 Iowa 79-74 on Saturday for its fifth straight win.
Sam Dekker added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten), who swept the season series and moved a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5) in the Big Ten standings.
Josh Oglesby’s jumper with 1:01 left put Iowa up 72-71, but Kaminsky answered with a bank shot that gave Wisconsin a one-point lead. Kaminsky then stripped Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble under the basket and hit two free throws as the Badgers went up 75-72 with 24.5 seconds left.
Marble had 21 points and 11 assists to lead the Hawkeyes, who lost their third home game in four tries.
Indiana 61, Northwestern 56
EVANSTON, Ill. —
Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56 win over Northwestern on Saturday night
Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey each had 12 points as the Hoosiers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak and extended Northwestern’s (12-16, 5-10) slide to five.
Northwestern’s Tre Demps, who made his first start this season as part of a juggled Wildcats lineup, finished with 19 points. Alex Olah added 17 and 11 rebounds.
The Hoosier’s run started with a 6-2 spurt to close out the first half. Indiana lead 32-30 after 20 minutes after Vonleh hit a layup as time ran out.
The Hoosiers opened up their widest advantage, at 12 points, 7:25 into the second when Stanford Robinson hit a pair of free throws to make it 44-32.