COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Trevor Thompson's matching double-double - 17 points and 17 rebounds - pushed Ohio State past Connecticut, 64-60 on Saturday night.
Jalen Adams made a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left and converted a 3-point play eight seconds later to pull UConn within three, but Ohio State's Marc Loving hit a free throw put the lead back to four. The Huskies missed their final three shots.
Thompson averaged 10.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 20 minutes of play. He played for 30 minutes and reached a career high in points and rebounds. Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie described Thompson's presence as a ''monster.''
''(I) definitely came into tonight with a chip on my shoulder after how I played and what happened last year (against Connecticut),'' Thompson said.
UConn shot 54.2 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, including 4 of 9 from 3. Adams hit a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to take a 34-32 lead into halftime, despite 10 team turnovers.
UConn's Vance Jackson was 0 for his last 10 shots and 2 for his previous 18 coming into the game, but the Buckeyes had no answers for him and he scored nine of his 12 points in the first half.
''I felt like he was real aggressive,'' Ollie said. ''I could see him looking for his shot. Our guys were looking for him.''
After the under-eight timeout, UConn guard Rodney Purvis nailed a 3-pointer to end a team field-goal drought of more than five minutes. After the two teams traded baskets and were tied at 54, OSU began an 8-0 run that ended up being the difference.
JaQuan Lyle, who had 16 points and only one turnover, converted six straight from the line down the stretch.
Adams led UConn with 19 points.
The Buckeyes and Huskies each have a full week to prepare for their next games. UConn hosts the North Florida Ospreys in Storrs, Connecticut, on Dec. 18.
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