For audio of sportscast click HERE.
BIG TEN-ACC CHALLENGE
#5 Ohio State (7-0) 76, Maryland (5-3) 60.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four 3-pointers, to lead Ohio State to an early lead and a victory over Maryland.
Sam Thompson added 14 points, including four rim-rattling dunks, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 12. Aaron Craft created havoc on defense and chipped in with 10 points as the Buckeyes controlled the game at both ends.
Craft's steal and assist for a layup to end the half gave the Buckeyes a 43-26 lead at the half and the margin grew to as large as 25 while never dipping below 14 in the second half.
Ex-Xavier guard Dez Wells had 19 points, former Michigan swingman Evan Smotrycz scored 15 and Charles Mitchell added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (5-3), which had won four in a row after losing two of its first three.
OSU has now won 73 consecutive home games versus unranked opponents and improved to 104-6 all-time at Value City Arena against non-conference foes.
The Buckeyes will be back in action Saturday at 4:30, hosting Central Connecticut State.
North Carolina (5-2) 79, #1 Michigan State (7-1) 65.
EAST LANSING, MI (AP) — It's becoming difficult to figure out the North Carolina men's basketball team. The Tar Heels have lost to the likes of Belmont and Alabama-Birmingham, yet they managed to beat defending national champion Louisville late last month and knocked off the nation's current No. 1 team last night.
J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds as the Heels beat Michigan State. The Tar Heels, who never trailed, used a 12-1 run to take a 65-52 lead with about six minutes left.
Gary Harris had a game-high 17 points in the Spartans' first home loss to an unranked nonconference team since December 2002 against Toledo.
#8 Wisconsin (9-0) 48, Virginia (7-2) 38.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (AP) - Josh Gasser scored 11 points and Bo Ryan picked up his 300th victory as Wisconsin's head coach in a stifling win at Virginia. The Badgers held the Cavaliers to 23 percent shooting.
Purdue (7-2) 88, Boston College (3-5) 67.
Nebraska (6-2) 60, U. of Miami (4-5) 49.
N.C. State (5-2) 69, Northwestern (4-5) 48.
FINAL STANDINGS: BIG TEN 6, ACC 6.
In other Top-25 action:
#7 Louisville (7-1) 90, UMKC (1-6) 62.
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Seventh-ranked Louisville hammered Missouri-Kansas City 90-62 behind Montrezl Harrell, who scored 14 points to lead five Cardinals in double figures.
#14 Villanova (8-0) 77, Penn (2-5) 54.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and James Bell had 14 to lead Villanova to a win over Penn.
#25 Dayton (7-1) 56, Delaware State (2-6) 46.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Matt Kavanaugh scored 11 points and No. 25 Dayton overcame a sluggish first half, poor free throw shooting and a late slump to defeat Delaware State 56-46 Wednesday night.
Dayton played its first game as a ranked team since 2009 and looked jet-lagged from its trip to the Maui Invitational last week. It was the Flyers' first game back home since a third-place finish in Maui, and it was that tournament performance that elevated the Flyers into the Top 25. They defeated then-No. 11 Gonzaga and California and were a tip-in away from beating then-No. 18 Baylor.
Toledo (7-0) 91, Detroit (4-5) 75.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Rian Pearson poured in 30 points, sank five 3-pointers and hauled in eight rebounds to lead Toledo past Detroit.
Youngstown State (7-3) 84, Robert Morris (3-6) 76.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Kendrick Perry scored 27 points as Youngstown State beat Robert Morris.
Drexel (5-2) 85, Cleveland State (4-4) 82. Triple Overtime
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tavon Allen and Frantz Massenat each made two free throws in the last 16 seconds to help Drexel win its second-straight triple overtime game, edging Cleveland State.
The Dragons knocked off Alabama 85-83 in three overtimes last week.
Both teams had a chance to win earlier but missed late free throws.
Bucknell (3-4) 66, Kent State (8-2) 59.
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Brian Fitzpatrick scored 16 as Bucknell overcame Kent State and snapped its 13-game home winning streak.
Darren Goodson had 18 points to lead Kent State.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 8 Maryland (8-1) 67, Ohio State (6-4) 55.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland overcame a shaky first half to beat Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Terrapins (8-1) led by only three points at the break before returning to make their first four shots as part of an 11-2 run that made it 40-28.
Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas ended the suspense.
Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had 11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a 21-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut.
LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS
Baldwin Wallace (4-1, 1-0 OAC) 72, Ohio Northern (2-3, 0-1) 68.
ADA, OH (ONU SID) - The Ohio Northern men's basketball team fell in its OAC opener to Baldwin Wallace.
Senior Branden Rushton led ONU with a game high 18 points, going 7-of-12 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 in three pointers.
Ohio Northern will return to action on Saturday, when it travels to play John Carroll at 2 pm.
Women - Baldiwin Wallace (5-1, 1-0 OAC) 96, Ohio Northern (4-1, 0-1) 83.
BEREA (ONU SID) - The No. 7 Ohio Northern women's basketball team fell in its OAC opener to Baldwin Wallace.
Senior Cenzie Yoder paced ONU with 23 points.
Ohio Northern will play next on Saturday, when it hosts John Carroll at 3 pm at the ONU Sports Center.
Cleveland (6-12) 98, Denver (11-7) 88.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and the Cavaliers snapped the Nuggets' seven-game winning streak.
Tristan Thompson had a career-high 21 rebounds and 17 points and Anderson Varejao scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Nuggets were playing the third game of six-game road trip.
Detroit (9-10) 105, Milwaukee (3-15) 98.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Andre Drummond delivered 24 points and 19 rebounds in Detroit's win at Milwaukee.
Indiana (17-2) 95, Utah (4-16) 86.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Pacers were able to avoid their first losing streak of the season by dominating the latter stages of a win at Utah.
Paul George had a team-high 19 points for the Pacers, who went on a 9-0 run to take an 88-76 lead and post their first victory in Salt Lake City since November 2005.
Indiana owns the best record in the NBA.
Portland (16-3) 111, Oklahoma City (13-4) 104.
PORTLAND, OR (AP) - Oklahoma City had won eight straight until Portland knocked off the Thunder. LaMarcus Aldridge torched the Thunder with 38 points and 13 rebounds. The Trail Blazers improved to 16-3, tops in the Western Conference.
Atlanta (10-10) 107, L.A. Clippers (12-7) 97.
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Korver scored a season-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer as Atlanta topped the Los Angeles Clippers 107-97. Paul Millsap finished with 25 points and Al Horford added 21 to help the Hawks snap a two-game losing streak.
Dallas (12-8) 100, New Orleans (9-9) 97.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the tiebreaking free throw with 32.3 seconds left in the Mavericks' triumph at New Orleans.
Phoenix (10-9) 97, Houston (13-7) 88.
HOUSTON (AP) — Phoenix beat Houston 97-88 as Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists, while Dwight Howard added 15 points and 18 rebounds.
San Antonio vs. Minnesota, PPD.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Maybe the NBA's new slogan should be, "We're smoking!"
Wednesday's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City had to be postponed because of smoky conditions inside the arena. A league spokeswoman says the venue was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled tipoff after a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building.
Lights went out in parts of the arena during warmups, and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck. The court quickly became cloudy.
Mexico City Police said in a statement there was a fire in the generator room on the fourth floor of the facility.
The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.
It was supposed to be the first NBA regular-season game in Mexico since the Mavericks faced the Rockets on Dec. 6, 1997.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
MASSILLON, OH (TW) - Tonight the OHSAA Division III high school football Championship Game will be the first to ever be contested on a Thursday night.
Top-ranked, defending champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (14-0) will take on Trotwood Madison (11-2) at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Madison was runner-up in D2 last year after winning the title in 2011.
The game will be aired here on 1150 WIMA.
Browns DE Bryant out with irregular heartbeat
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant will undergo a surgical procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat and miss the remainder of the season.
The Browns said Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract in March, reported symptoms Monday. He was taken out of an Oct. 3 game against Buffalo and was briefly hospitalized at The Cleveland Clinic with an irregular heartbeat.
The 27-year-old started all 12 games this season and made 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Detroit lands Nathan
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with free-agent closer Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016. Nathan went 9-7 with 80 saves and a 2.09 ERA in two seasons with the Rangers before becoming a free agent last month. He addresses a pressing need for the Tigers, who won the AL Central at 93-69 but finished just 11th in the American League with 39 saves.
Philadelphia (13-13-2) 6, Detroit (14-8-7) 3.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are among the NHL's best road teams, but they continue to struggle at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings' home record is just 5-5-6 after they blew a 3-1 lead as Philadelphia scored four time in the final period.
New goalie for Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve with a groin strain that will sideline him for four to five weeks.
The Jackets have recalled netminder Mike McKenna to take Bobrovsky's roster spot.