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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Auburn routs GSW in D-I vs. D-II matchup; Ohio State whips FSU; Northwestern knocks around Georgia Tech

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's bench outscored the entire Georgia Southwestern bench Tuesday night, 27-0, en route to a 78-50 win of the Hurricanes in a rare Division I vs. Division II matchup.

"I think Auburn is much improved from where they were at when I saw them on tape in exhibition and against a couple of other Division II teams," GSW men's coach Mike Leeder said. "Their size wore us down, their ability to just drive it down the lane really hurt us, but I think this team has really improved."

GSW did, however, have three players score in double figures, compared to just two for Auburn.

Trayce Macon led GSW (3-2) with 15 points, while Phillip Brown added 14 and Talmadge Bell added 10. Brown also blocked four shots and Macon added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Auburn (2-4), which has had a dreadful start to the season under new coach Tony Barbee -- losing to schools like Campbell, Sanford, UNC-Ashville and Jacksonville -- picked up just their second win of the year thanks to 17 points from Andre Malone and 12 from Rob Chubb.

GSW's next game is Saturday at home against Trinity (Fla.) at 2 p.m.

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NO. 2 OHIO STATE FLATTENS FSU:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger was a load for Florida State to handle.

In just his sixth collegiate game, the 6-foot-9 widebody out of Columbus, Ohio, muscled his way to the third double-double of his blossoming career with 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the second-ranked Buckeyes to a 58-44 victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

"He loves to win and he knows how to win," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "For him to go 36 minutes, I mean it was hotter than a beach in that gym tonight and I was really, really pleased with how he kept competing."

Sullinger defended Chris Singleton, Florida State's top scorer, for part of the game. Singleton was held to eight points, half his season average.

"We knew defense was going to win the game," Sullinger said.

Jon Diebler led the Buckeyes (6-0) with 12 points and David Lighty added 10.

Ohio State jumped to a 7-0 lead and never trailed, building its biggest lead at 40-23 on William Buford's jumper with 15:45 left in the game.

Florida State (5-2) closed within 49-42 on Deividas Dulky's only 3-pointer with 4:30 left.

"We've been on the road in difficult situations before," Lighty said. "I think it's us not being rattled and just being ready for everything that comes at us."

Ohio State had a 42-33 rebounding advantage, but dominated the offensive boards 17-7 with Sullinger getting six.

"I pride myself on the rebounding," Sullinger said. "If I'm not rebounding, I'm really not effective."

Freshman Ian Miller had 11 points and Derwin Kitchen added 10 for the Seminoles, who shot 35.4 percent and committed 22 turnovers, including 14 in the second half. Florida State shot 33 percent in a 55-51 loss to Florida on Sunday.

"I hate to say it, but they outmuscled us," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We gave them too many extra possessions."

Both teams shot poorly in the early going, but Ohio State's domination of the backboards allowed the Buckeyes to stay comfortably ahead on the way to a 28-17 halftime lead.

Florida State shot just 26.1 percent in the first half while Ohio State was slightly better at 36.7 percent but enjoyed a 25-14 rebound advantage.

Singleton had a second straight cold-shooting night, making just 2 of 9 tries from the field on the heels of a 2-for-12 showing in Sunday's loss.

Ohio State is 6-0 against Florida State, including consecutive victories in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Buckeyes prevailed 77-64 in last year's game at Columbus.

After winning its first five games of the season against weaker opponents, Florida State struggled again against the Buckeyes as it had Sunday against 18th-ranked Gators.

During a first-half timeout, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher was presented the trophy for winning the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 20th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) play No. 12 Virginia Tech (10-2) Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. for the ACC title with the winner advancing to the Orange Bowl.

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NORTHWESTERN 91, GEORGIA TECH 71:

John Shurna scored 21 points, Drew Crawford added 19 and Northwestern hit a blistering 12 of 19 3s in a victory against Georgia Tech in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (5-0) buried 31 of 48 overall and were particularly on target from the outside, with Shurna and Crawford leading the onslaught.

"It was crazy," said Mirkovic, Northwestern's center. "We just shoot a ton of 3s. For our warmup each practice, we have this exercise ... where we just shoot a lot of 3s, so I'm not surprised that those went in."

Shurna hit 7 of 8 shots, including all four 3s. Crawford converted 8 of 11 overall and 3 of 5 from long range. Michael Thompson added 14 points and four assists, giving him 403 in his career and making him the second Northwestern player to pass 400 assists.

Alex Marcotullio hit 3 of 5 3-pointers while scoring 13, and the Wildcats matched the program record they set last year for wins in November.

They're off to their best start since the 1993-94 team won its first nine, and with their eyes on their first NCAA appearance after making the NIT the last two seasons, they just passed a tough early test.

"We're just trying to build and get that momentum going," coach Bill Carmody said.

Georgia Tech (4-3) got 16 points from Glen Rice and 11 each from Iman Shumpert, who grew up in nearby Oak Park, Ill., and Maurice Miller. But Brian Oliver struggled in a big way after a career performance against Syracuse. He went from scoring a personal-best 32 in a loss to the Orange to managing just three on just 1-for-9 shooting.

There wasn't much they could do about the Wildcats, though. Open or guarded, they simply weren't missing.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt got his first career win at Welsh-Ryan Arena when Siena beat Northwestern early in the 1997-98 season, but he'd probably just as soon forget this one.

In the first meeting between these programs, the Wildcats simply came out firing.

They hit an incredible 10 of 12 3-pointers and 22 of 29 shots while building a 55-37 halftime lead and got a loud ovation as they headed to the locker room.

"Great performance, a great shooting performance," Hewitt said.