Ohio State went to the Final Four last year not apologizing for the fact it was carried on the broad shoulders of Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd. Maybe now the Buckeyes can go even farther.
George Reese scored 19 points in a reserve role as No. 13 Ohio State beat No. 10 Michigan State, 78-67, last night in Columbus, Ohio, ending the Spartans' Big Ten winning streak at 21 games.
"They're not a two-man team anymore," Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo said. "Reese is one of the best sixth men in the country."
Michigan State (12-5, 3-1) had not lost in the conference since the Big Ten opener a year ago, winning its last 15 regular season games and the conference tournament. The streak was the fourth longest in Big Ten history.
"This is supposed to be the top conference in the country the last couple of years and for those guys to win 21 games in a row is a tremendous accomplishment," Ohio State Coach Jim O'Brien said. "You kept thinking that sooner or later they had to lose a game. It might as well be tonight."
Five teams have one loss in the wide-open Big Ten--and two more are just a game back. The victory was a sweet payback for Ohio State (12-3, 4-1), which lost its only meeting with the Spartans last year.
Michigan State had won a school-record eight in a row on the road in the Big Ten and had beaten Ohio State in the last 10 meetings.
* ARIZONA 76, UCLA 61: In Los Angeles, Michael Wright scored 22 points and Gilbert Arenas added 18 as the No. 2 Wildcats defeated the No. 25 Bruins for their seventh straight victory.
Wright, one of only three Wildcats to previously play at Pauley Pavilion, dominated the low post in the first half with 14 points. Arenas, a freshman from nearby North Hollywood, scored 15 points in the second half. The Wildcats (16-2, 5-0 Pac-10) also got 20 points from Jason Gardner.
Jerome Moiso led the Bruins (10-5, 1-3) with 22 points.
* LOUISVILLE 72, DePAUL 59: Tony Williams scored 18 points as the Cardinals defeated the No. 23 Blue Demons for their third victory over a ranked opponent at home this season.
Marques Maybin had 17 for the Cardinals (11-5, 3-2 Conference USA). Bobby Simmons led DePaul (12-5, 3-2) with 18 points.
* TULSA 67, SAN JOSE ST. 41: Marcus Hill made four three-pointers as the No. 15 Golden Hurricane overcame the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at home. Hill scored 16 points for Tulsa (17-1, 3-0 WAC), which has won 10 straight.