Mike Conley Jr. drove the lane and made a running shot with four seconds left to give No. 2 Ohio State a 49-48 victory over top-ranked Wisconsin yesterday in Columbus, Ohio, clinching the Buckeyes' second consecutive Big Ten title.
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin's candidate for conference player of the year, had given the Badgers the lead with just under a minute left when he scored inside off Jason Chappell's dump pass.
Chappell then blocked a shot by Ron Lewis before Wisconsin's Kammron Taylor was sent to the line in the bonus situation with 20.3 seconds left. Taylor's first attempt spun off the rim.
After a time-out, the Buckeyes (26-3, 14-1) passed around the perimeter before Conley, a freshman, then scissored through the lane and tossed up a soft shot that balanced on the rim before falling.
The Badgers (26-4, 12-3), who lost both games this week after becoming No. 1 for the first time ever, inbounded to Taylor who drove the length of the floor and tried an off-balance 15-footer at the buzzer. Lewis, a senior playing his final home game, blocked the shot.
Ivan Harris led the Buckeyes with 13 points, with Greg Oden and Conley each scoring 11.
Maryland 89, North Carolina 87 - D.J. Strawberry scored a career-high 27 points, and the host Terrapins (22-7, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat the No. 5 Tar Heels (24-5, 10-4) in College Park, Md.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 22 points and Episcopal Academy alumnus Wayne Ellington had 17 for North Carolina.
Memphis 77, Houston 64 - Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 19 points to lead the No. 7 Tigers (25-3, 14-0 Conference USA) over the visiting Cougars (15-13, 9-5) in Memphis, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 17.
Robert McKiver led Houston with 32 points.
Vanderbilt 67, Kentucky 65 - In Nashville, Derrick Byars grabbed a rebound off his own missed foul shot and scored to give the No. 17 Commodores (19-9, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) their first lead with 25.5 seconds left as they held off the visiting Wildcats (19-9, 8-6).
Byars finished with 26 points, and Shan Foster added 20 for Vanderbilt. Bobby Perry led Kentucky with 18 points.
Duke 67, St. John's 50 - Greg Paulus scored 19 points and DeMarcus Nelson added 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the No. 18 Blue Devils (22-7) over the host Red Storm (15-14) at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lamont Hamilton scored 17 points for St. John's.
Louisville 76, Connecticut 69 - In Hartford, Conn., Terrence Williams scored 17 points and freshman Derrick Caracter came off the bench to score 16 to lead the No. 20 Cardinals (21-8, 11-4 Big East) over the host Huskies (17-11, 6-8).
Arizona 61, Arizona State 58 - Chase Budinger scored 23 points and Marcus Williams added 19 as the Wildcats (18-9, 9-7 Pac-10) nipped the host Sun Devils (7-20, 1-15) at Tempe, Ariz.
Niagara 89, Rider 77 - Roman Catholic alumnus Charron Fisher scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the host Purple Eagles (19-11, 13-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) wrapped up second place in the MAAC with the win over the Broncs (15-14, 9-9) in Lewiston, N.Y.
Jason Thompson led Rider with 24 points and nine rebounds. Cheltenham's Harris Mansell had 17 points for the Broncs.
Holy Cross 62, Lehigh 50 - At Bethlehem, Pa., Torey Thomas scored 21 points to lead the visiting Crusaders (22-8, 13-1 Patriot League) over the Mountain Hawks (12-18, 7-7).
Jose Olivero scored 13 points to lead Lehigh.
Johns Hopkins 68, Haverford 51 -