Deshaun Thomas had 20 points and scored the first and last baskets in a 16-0 first-half spurt and No. 15 Ohio State beat second-ranked Michigan, 56-53, Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, probably denying the Wolverines their first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years.
After Trey Burke, who led the Wolverines (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Buckeyes took the lead for good although there were many nervous moments near the finish.
Burke had a shot to tie the game with 17 seconds left, but it rattled around and out.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. then hit two foul shots with 12.7 seconds left and Aaron Craft added two more to seal the outcome for the Buckeyes (13-3, 2-2).
After No. 1 Duke lost to North Carolina State a day earlier, the Wolverines were in prime position to ascend to No. 1 for the first time since November 1992. Instead, they went home with their first loss, also depriving them of the best start in school history.
‘‘Some go in and some don't,’’ said Burke, a sophomore who just happens to be from Columbus and is friends with several of the Buckeyes. ‘‘I thought it was going in. It looked good. I think it went in and then came out.’’
Michigan trailed, 52-50, and had the ball as the seconds sifted away. Everyone in a hoarse, capacity crowd of 18,809 knew that Burke, a star at Columbus’s Northland High School where he was a teammate of former Buckeye and current Celtic Jared Sullinger, would likely take the last shot.
Craft — whom Michigan coach John Beilein said was as good as any defender he had ever seen — prevented Burke from driving. His path blocked, Burke jumped back and then launched the shot.
Smith grabbed the rebound. A moment later he was fouled again and hit two free throws for breathing room.
Providence 67, Seton Hall 55 — Bryce Cotton scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half, leading the visiting Friars (9-7, 1-3) to a Big East victory over the Pirates (12-5, 1-3).
Providence took command with a 22-5 first-half run, keeping the Pirates off the scoreboard for almost a full six minutes.
Michigan St. 66, Nebraska 56 — Derrick Nix made two free throws with a minute left and finished with 17 points to help the No. 22 Spartans (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) pull away for the visiting Huskers (9-8, 0-4).
Evansville 71, Wichita St. 67 — Colt Ryan had 24 points and eight assists and the host Aces (11-6, 4-1 MVC) made seven free throws over the final 1:25 to hold off the No. 23 Shockers (15-2, 4-1).
Boston College 66, Clemson 43 — Katie Zenevitch had 18 points and nine rebounds and Kristen Doherty added 18 points and five rebounds to power the Eagles (8-7, 2-2 ACC) past the host Tigers (4-12, 0-5).
Kerri Shields pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and has 6 points, while freshman Nicole Boudreau finished with 11 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals.
The Eagles opened up the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back.
James Madison 68, Northeastern 65 — Tarik Hislop (19 points) drilled a winning 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift the host Dukes (8-7, 2-1 CAA) past the Huskies (8-7, 2-1).
Jewel Tunstull scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for NU.
Baylor 82, Kansas 60 — Brittney Griner had 33 points and seven rebounds, and the top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears ( 14-1, 4-0 Big 12) had little trouble beating the No. 17 Jayhawks (11-4, 2-2) at Lawrence, Kan., for their 12th consecutive win.
Notre Dame 71, Rutgers 46 — Skylar Diggins scored 15 points to lead the No. 2 Irish (14-1, 3-0 Big East) past the visiting Scarlet Knights (9-7, 0-3).
Duke 73, Wake Forest 44 — Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points and the No. 4 Blue Devils (15-0, 5-0 ACC) Duke routed the host Demon Deacons (9-7, 2-2) for their 38th straight victory in the series.
Kentucky 69, Missouri 43 — DeNesha Stallworth scored 17 points to help the No. 6 Wildcats (16-1, 4-0 SEC) extend their school-record winning streak to 15 games by routing the host Tigers (12-6, 1-3).
California 67, Stanford 55 — At Stanford, Calif., Gennifer Brandon had 14 points and 12 rebounds and the No. 7 Golden Bears (13-2, 3-1 Pac-12) snapped and 81-game conference winnning streak by the fifth-ranked Cardinal (14-2, 3-1).