David Lighty scored No. 2 Ohio State's first 16 points and sat out most of the second half while finishing with 29 points to lead the Buckeyes past UNC Asheville, 96-49, on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Lighty, who came in averaging 11.6 points, had 23 at halftime. He left with over 10 minutes left - one point shy of his career high - and did not return.

William Buford added 14 points, Deshaun Thomas 13, and Jared Sullinger added nine points and 16 rebounds for the Buckeyes (11-0).

J.D. Primm had 15 points, D.J. Cunningham 13 and Chris Stephenson 11 for the Bulldogs (5-6).

Purdue 77, IPFW 52 - JaJuan Johnson had 24 points and 13 rebounds to help the No. 14 Boilermakers (11-1) beat the Mastodons in West Lafayette, Ind.

UNLV 63, Kansas State 59 - Tre'Von Willis scored 16 points and Oscar Bellfield hit a key three-pointer in the final 70 seconds, leading the 11-2 Runnin' Rebels to a victory Tuesday night over the No. 11 Wildcats (9-3) in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas State's two best players were suspended shortly before the game.

The NCAA, citing receipt of impermissible benefits, told point guard Jacob Pullen, a four-year starter and preseason All-American, to sit out three games. Curtis Kelly, the Wildcats' only other senior, was also told not to play.

BYU 72, Weber State 66 - Jimmer Fredette scored 28 points, including a pair of free throws down the stretch and the No. 23 Cougars held off the Wildcats.

BYU, which bounced back from an 86-79 loss to UCLA on Saturday, improved to 11-1. The Wildcats fell to 6-5.

USC 65, Tennessee 64 - Maurice Jones scored 15 points and the visiting Trojans (7-5) survived a late run by the No. 19 Vols (7-3).

Texas A&M 86, Wagner 51 - David Loubeau scored 16 points and the No. 25 Aggies (11-1) topped the 4-7 Seahawks in College Station, Texas.

Local: Host Penn State fell to Maine, 74-64. The 7-4 Nittany Lions got 26 points from Talor Battle. . . . In Glassboro, 5-6 Rowan kept Penn State-Abington winless over eight games. Roger Loatman had 17 for the Profs.


Duke 46, Xavier 45 -

Jasmine Thomas made the second of two free throws with 21/2 seconds to play, then flew down the court to block a breakaway layup at the buzzer and preserve the No. 3 Blue Devils' win over the No. 4 Musketeers (10-1) in Durham, N.C. Thomas led the Blue Devils (12-0) with 16 points.

West Virginia 71, North Carolina Central, 39 - Liz Repella scored 17 points to help the No. 6 Mountaineers beat the Eagles in Durham, N.C. Korinne Campbell and Ali Madina each added 11 points for the Mountaineers, who scored the game's first 20 points en route to the first 12-0 start in their program's history.

Elsewhere: Keyla Snowden scored a career-high 28 points and No. 11 Kentucky (9-1) beat visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-8), 107-35. . . . Lykendra Johnson scored 14 points and No. 12 Michigan State beat Vermont, 67-33, in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans (12-1) won their 10th in a row. . . . Odyssey Sims scored 25 points and Brittney Griner added 15 to help No. 2 Baylor beat No. 23 Syracuse (8-1) in Nassau, Bahamas.

Local: Gwynedd-Mercy's six-game win streak came to an end with a 64-51 defeat at the hands of DeSales on Tuesday. Kristy McGrath had 19 points at DeSales for the 6-2 Griffins. . . . Angie Owens had 25 points for 5-3 Wesley in a 73-70 win over 6-5 Rowan in Glassboro. . . . The scheduled game between Ursinus and Albright has been rescheduled to Jan. 31.