Sean Kilpatrick scored 20 points and Cincinnati won its first game without suspended forward Yancey Gates, routing host Wright State, 78-58, on Wednesday night.
Without Gates, who is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, the Bearcats (6-3) started a three-guard lineup and showed no hangover from the suspensions, jumping to a 17-2 lead behind three three-pointers by Kilpatrick.
John Balwigaire and A.J. Pacher led Wright State (4-7) with 11 points each.
Ohio State 82, South Carolina-Upstate 58 - Deshaun Thomas scored 23 points as the No. 2 Buckeyes welcomed back star forward Jared Sullinger with a victory over the Spartans. The Buckeyes (9-1) rebounded from a 78-67 loss at No. 13 Kansas on Saturday.
Sullinger, who had missed Ohio State's last two games with back spasms, entered the game at the 14:37 mark of the first half. He finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Torrey Craig had 20 points for Upstate (6-5).
Baylor 69, Bethune-Cookman 42 Pierre Jackson scored 13 points to lead the No. 7 Bears (8-0) in a home win over the Wildcats (3-7). Baylor has won its first eight games for the first time under 10th-year coach Scott Drew. The Bears have won 25 consecutive nonconference home games over the past five seasons.
Stockton 72, Montclair 69 - In New Jersey Athletic Conference action, the Ospreys sneaked past the visiting Red Hawks after trailing in the first half. Stockton (4-5, 1-0 NJAC) was lead by Bill McDonough and DiAndre Brown - each scored 18 points. Montclair (7-3, 1-1) as lead by Brian Flores' 27 points.
Louisville 64, Cincinnati 59 - In a physical game where both teams lost their top scorers to injuries, Shoni Schimmel scored 16 points to lead the 14th-ranked Cardinals over the host Bearcats in the Big East opener for both teams.
After trailing for much of the second half, Louisville (9-2, 1-0 Big East) tied the score at 55 with 2:37 left in the game and went ahead on Schimmel's three-pointer.
With less than a minute left, Bjonee Reaves' jumper pulled Cincinnati (6-3, 0-1) within one, but Cardinals forward Shawnta' Dyer responded quickly to give Louisville a three-point lead with 39 seconds remaining.