W.Va. hands Ohio State first defeat

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Alex Ruoff scored 17 points, leading visiting West Virginia and coach Bob Huggins to a 76-48 victory over No. 15 Ohio State yesterday.

Da'Sean Butler scored 16 points - all but two in the first half - with Darryl Bryant adding 11 and Devin Ebanks 10 for the Mountaineers (10-2), who gave the Buckeyes (9-1) their first defeat of the season. West Virginia has won four in a row since a 68-65 loss to Davidson in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9.

Up by seven at halftime, the Mountaineers extended the lead to more than 20 midway through the second half and poured it on the rest of the way.

William Buford and Jeremie Simmons each scored 11 points, and Evan Turner had 10 for Ohio State.

No. 11 Michigan State 82, Oakland (Mich.) 66:: Goran Suton had 16 points and nine rebounds to lift the Spartans (9-2) to a win in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Keith Benson led the Grizzlies (8-7) with 20 points, and Erik Kangas scored 15.

No. 19 Louisville 82, Alabama-Birmingham 62:: Terrence Williams had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Samardo Samuels added 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the host Cardinals (8-2) bounce back from a disappointing loss to Minnesota.

Robert Vaden led the Blazers (8-4) with 22 points.

No. 25 Missouri 107, SIU-Edwardsville 57:: DeMarre Carroll had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the host Tigers (10-2) beat the Cougars (2-11).

State men

Morgan State 70, William Jessup 68:: Jermaine Bolden (Douglass) hit a 15-foot jump shot from the left corner at the buzzer to lift the Bears (5-6) over the Warriors (5-9) in the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic in Moraga, Calif.

Bolden scored 10 points. Reggie Holmes (St. Frances) led Morgan with 21.

State women

George Washington 53, Loyola 35: : Siobhan Prior (12 points) made a three-pointer for the Greyhounds with 7:18 left to cut the lead to four, but the host Colonials finished the game on a 19-3 run.

Loyola (7-5) held George Washington to less than 28 percent shooting in the first 36 minutes, but the Colonials (7-4) hit five of six shots to pull away.

Off the court

Syracuse:: Guard Eric Devendorf could be back on the court for Tuesday's Big East opener against Seton Hall after completing 40 hours of community service, the university announced in a statement.

Devendorf, 21, was suspended after an off-campus altercation Nov. 1 in which he was accused of hitting a female student on the jaw with the heel of his hand.

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