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Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas drives to the basket against Iowa’s Aaron White during the second half Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. Thomas led the Buckeyes with 16 points in the 72-63 win.

Ohio State hangs on for victory over Iowa

– Almost no one for No. 14 Ohio State was thrilled with the way they played Tuesday night.

Still, the Buckeyes will take the outcome.

Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and Ohio State built a 24-point lead and then hung on to beat Iowa 72-63.

“We’re happy we got the win, but we’re not happy with the way we got the win,” post player Evan Ravenel said.

Thomas, a Bishop Luers graduate and the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged. He had to get what a team spokesman said was six or seven stitches to close it.

His absence came at a time when the Buckeyes (14-4, 4-2) seemed to lose their focus. A majority of it was Iowa contesting every play and fighting back, but it was as if they were content to just ride out the final few minutes and hope for the best.

The Buckeyes led 53-29 after Ravenel hit a free throw with 12:48 left. Most in a crowd of 16,040 were itching to head for the exits and beat the rush. Slowly but surely, however, Iowa (13-6, 2-4) knifed into the lead.

No. 3 KANSAS 59, No. 11 KANSAS STATE 55: In Manhattan, Kan., Travis Releford scored 12 points and the Jayhawks (17-1, 5-0), held off the Wildcats down the stretch and took sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

Shane Southwell scored a career-high 19 points for Kansas State (15-3, 4-1).

VILLANOVA 73, No. 5 LOUISVILLE 64: In Philadelphia, Achraf Yacoubou hit the tiebreaking three-pointer late in the second half as the Wildcats (12-7, 3-3 Big East) rallied and handed the Cardinals their second straight loss.

Louisville (16-3, 4-2) had an 11-game winning streak end in a 70-68 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.

No. 13 MICHIGAN ST. 49, WISCONSIN 47: In Madison, Wis., the Badgers’ George Marshall missed two free throws with 3.5 seconds left, and the Spartans (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten) escaped with a road win.

Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson for Michigan State.

Mike Bruesewitz led Wisconsin (13-6, 4-2) with 10 points.

WAKE FOREST 86, No. 18 N.C. STATE 84: In Winston-Salem, N.C., freshman Devin Thomas had a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to help the Demon Deacons (10-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) pull off the upset.

No. 22 MISSOURI 71, SOUTH CAROLINA 65: In Columbia, Mo., Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown hit key three-pointers in the final 1:11 and the Tigers (14-4, 3-2 SEC) overcame 5-for-27 shooting from long range and a 13-point second-half deficit.

ILLINOIS 71, NEBRASKA 51: In Lincoln, Neb., D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and the Illini (15-5, 2-4 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak.

Dylan Talley had 16 points and Brandon Ubel added 10 for the Cornhuskers (10-10, 1-6).

SPRING ARBOR 86, SAINT FRANCIS 67: Spring Arbor (14-9, 4-6 Crossroads League) blew out to a 45-26 halftime lead at Hutzell Athletic Center. Josh Hogan (14 points) and Scott Kohne (12) led the Cougars (14-9, 6-5).

GRACE 80, INDIANA WESLEYAN 77: In Winona Lake, Greg Miller scored 23 points, Bruce Grimm Jr. 18 and Elliot Smith 17 as Grace, ranked 20th in the NAIA, knocked off No. 3 Wesleyan in Winona Lake.

MARIAN 82, HUNTNGTON 72: In Indianapolis, Marian (13-8, 5-6 Crossroads League) outscored the Foresters 47-32 in the second half to win going away. Shane Merryman led Huntington (12-11, 3-8) with 21 points.