MILWAUKEE – After a bruising tussle with Marquette in the first half, Shannon Scott helped energize No. 10 Ohio State early in the second half for a victory on the road.
Scott scored 13 points, including three buckets during a 12-4 run after halftime, and the Buckeyes pulled away for a 52-35 decision Saturday over the cold-shooting, 17th-ranked Golden Eagles.
Sam Thompson also scored 13 points, while Aaron Craft added 10 points and 10 assists for the Buckeyes (3-0), who ended Marquette’s 27-game home winning streak — second longest in the nation.
It was the school’s first loss at home since Vanderbilt beat the Golden Eagles 74-57 on Dec. 29, 2011. Only South Dakota State (30) had a longer winning streak in the country entering Saturday.
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After shooting 27 percent in the first half, coach Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were 15 of 26 from the field (58 percent) in the second half.
“Eventually, it’s got to go in the basket,” Matta said in recounting a halftime talk. “Fortunately we had that run. It was the difference in the game.”
Marquette shot 19 percent.
WSU women lose
HONOLULU – Hot-shooting West Virginia beat the Washington State women’s team 88-66 in a Rainbow Wahine Classic game.
West Virginia shot 56 percent (31 of 55), compared with 43 percent (23 of 54) for the Cougars.
Tia Presley, who is from Spokane, led WSU (1-3) with 16 points. The Cougars made 22 turnovers and were outrebounded 34-25 by the Mountaineers (2-1).
Center Asya Bussie led West Virginia with 25 points on 9-for-10 shooting.
Washington State plays Mississippi at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Honolulu.
• C.J. Fair scored 20 points as the ninth-ranked Syracuse men beat visiting Colgate 69-50.
• In a Pac-12 men’s game, Askia Booker (15 points) led seven Colorado players in double figures in a 94-70 victory over visiting Jackson State.
The Buffaloes (3-1) have won three in a row.
• Candice Warthen scored 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting as Pac-12 Arizona edged the UC Santa Barbara women’s team 51-49.