DAYTON — Trey Landers sees himself as more of a role player — lock down on defense, provide senior leadership — than a shooting star. With No. 7 Dayton’s top outside shooters uncharacteristically struggling, he moved into a much bigger role.
Landers matched his season high with 18 points, Obi Toppin also had 18 and Dayton beat Fordham 70-56 Saturday for its 16th straight win over the Rams.
With Landers leading the way, the Flyers (20-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) had little problem extending their streak against the Rams (7-14, 1-8). Dayton hasn’t lost to Fordham since Jan. 4, 2005. St. Henry graduate Ryan Mikesell had no points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot for Dayton.
Ohio State 68,
COLUMBUS — With a key player missing from the Ohio State lineup, Kaleb Wesson put the Buckeyes on his back again.
The junior big man scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, dominating Indiana in the paint in a 68-59 Ohio State win on Saturday.
The Buckeyes (14-7, 4-6 Big Ten), who struggled mightily in January, went on a 3-point tear in the second half in winning their second game in a row and avenged a 66-54 loss to Indiana (15-7, 5-6) in Bloomington three weeks ago.
No. 25 Rutgers 63
NEW YORK — Brandon Johns Jr. scored a career-high 20 points and Michigan won at Madison Square Garden for the 10th straight time.
Jon Teske added 14 points as the Wolverines (13-8, 4-6 Big Ten) improved to 12-0 against Rutgers, including a victory in the 1976 Final Four. Lima Senior graduate Xavier Simpson had nine points, 10 assists, three steals, four rebounds and a blocked shot for UM.
Michigan used a 20-5 run over a 10-minute span in the first half to take a 27-17 lead. Montez Mathis hit 3-pointers on back-to back possessions as Rutgers (16-6, 7-4) chipped away, pulling within 37-34 at the break.
No. 10 Seton Hall 62
NEWARK, N.J. — Xavier got a much-needed and highly unexpected big win that might jump start its season.
Tyrique Jones had 19 points and 18 rebounds and the Musketeers (14-8, 3-5 Big East) posted their biggest win of the season by beating Seton Hall (16-5, 8-1), ending the Pirates’ 10-game winning streak.
Mount Union 75,
Ohio Northern 63
ADA — C.J. Napier scored 18 points, but No. 20-ranked Mount Union pulled away late to down Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears (6-13 overall, 2-10 OAC) also got 11 points from Brandon Waugh.
BLUFFTON — The Bluffton now stands 10-9 overall and 6-6 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while Franklin fell to 13-6 and 9-3 in the conference.
Dezman Brown led the way for the hosts with a career-high 23 points. Teammate Isaiah Taylor checked in with 18 points and six rebounds and Bath grad Andrew Renner notched 11 and a team-high seven rebounds.
Concordia 83, UNOH 71
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nathan Lessing (21), Lima Senior grad Elijah Pughsley (16), Zach Montes (15) and Isaac Golson Jr. (14) each scored in double digits for the University of Northwestern Ohio.
No. 14 Michigan State 63
MADISON, Wis. — Nate Reuvers scored 15 points, D’Mitrik Trice had 14 and Aleem Ford added 13 to help Wisconsin (13-9, 6-5 Big Ten) edge Michigan State (16-6, 8-3).
No. 8 Villanova 61
PHILADELPHIA — Denzel Mahoney had 21 points and Mitch Ballock had nine of his 15 points in the second half to help the Bluejays (17-5, 6-3 Big East) top the Wildcats (17-4, 7-2).
Ball State 65, Ohio 54
MUNCIE, Ind. — Tahjai Teague scored 24 points as Ball State (12-9, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) led from start-to-finish, topping Ohio (10-12, 2-7).
Eastern Michigan 61,
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Yeikson Montero had a season-high 26 points as Eastern Michigan (11-10, 1-7 MAC) snapped its seven-game losing streak, narrowly beating Toledo (11-11, 3-6).
No. 22 LSU 73,
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU guard Javonte Smart scored 13 of his season-high 21 points in the last 16 minutes, and LSU (17-4, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) extended its winning streak to 10 games with a victory against struggling Mississippi (10-11, 1-7).
No. 6 Louisville 77,
N.C. State 57
RALEIGH, N.C. — Ryan McMahon made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 points, helping Louisville (19-3, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat North Carolina State (14-8, 5-6).
No. 1 Baylor 68, TCU 52
WACO, Texas — MaCio Teague scored 19 points with five 3-pointers and Baylor (19-1, 8-0 Big 12) set a program record with its 18th win in a row, defeating Texas Christian (13-8, 4-4).
No. 2 Gonzaga 83,
San Francisco 79
SAN FRANCISCO — Corey Kispert’s three-point play with 1:33 left put his team ahead for good and he added a jumper with 34 seconds remaining, helping Gonzaga (23-1, 9-0 West Coast Conference) extend its winning streak to 15 games.
USF (16-8, 5-4) had won its last two games.
No. 3 Kansas 78,
Texas Tech 75
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Devon Dotson scored 21 points and Marcus Garrett added 15 points for Kansas (18-3, 7-1 Big 12).
TJ Holyfield led Texas Tech (13-8, 4-4) with 19 points.
No. 5 Florida State 74,
Virginia Tech 63
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Devin Vassell tied an ACC record by shooting 7 for 7 from 3-point range and scored 27 points to lift Florida State (18-3, 8-2). Tyrece Radford paced the Hokies (14-8, 5-6) with 18 points.
No. 12 West Virginia 66,
Kansas State 57
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Derek Culver had 19 points and 14 rebounds to give coach Bob Huggins another milestone win. Huggins earned his 877th career win to move past Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp into seventh place in Division I.
The Mountaineers (17-4, 5-3 Big 12) bounced back from a loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday, improved to 11-0 at home and ended a three-game losing streak to Kansas State. David Sloan scored 13 points and Xavier Sneed added 11 for Kansas State (9-12, 2-6).
No. 16 Butler 61
INDIANAPOLIS — Luwane Pipkins scored 22 points and made six consecutive free throws in the final minute for Providence (12-10, 5-4 Big East). Kamar Baldwin finished with 14 points and Justin Tucker had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (17-5, 5-4).
No. 11 Oregon 60
STANFORD, Calif. — Oscar da Silva scored a career-high 27 points and had 15 rebounds, helping Stanford (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12) rally in the second half to beat Oregon (18-5, 7-3).
Ohio Northern 70,
Mount Union 63
ALLIANCE — ONU ran its winning streak to five games at the McPherson Athletic Center.
The Polar Bears (15-4 overall, 9-3 OAC) were led by Marion Local grad Emily Mescher and Abby Weeks with 14 points each and Bath grad Jaidyn Hale with 12 points.
BLUFFTON — The Beavers improved to 10-9 (4-8 HCAC) while Franklin slipped to 11-7 (7-5 HCAC).
TJ Mills led Bluffton with 21 points and pulled down six rebounds. Teammate Brianna Gillig tallied 20 markers and 13 rebounds.
Concordia 78, UNOH 43
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Chloe Andrew had 10 points and Kimyra McGhee scored nine for UNOH.