BRIEFS

Big Red Boosters meeting Monday

STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday inside the Harding Stadium Fieldhouse.

All are welcome and memberships are available.

No. 8 NC State beats Pittsburgh

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kiara Leslie had 16 points and eight rebounds, and No. 8 North Carolina State beat Pittsburgh 63-34 on Thursday night to improve to 16-0.

Leslie has been more assertive since leading scorer Grace Hunter’s season ended with a knee injury against Duke last week. In the first game without Hunter on Sunday at Boston College, Leslie scored 31 points and shot 13 for 15 from the field for the Wolfpack (3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Against Pitt, Leslie led the Wolfpack in scoring, assists (five) and steals (three). The senior guard scored 14 points in the first half while N.C. State built a 35-16 halftime lead. DD Rogers added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Kauai Bradley led Pitt (9-2, 0-2) with eight points. The Panthers shot just 7 for 40 (17.5 percent) from the field in the first three quarters and missed 10 of their first 11 3-point attempts.

N.C. State ran off nine straight points to stretch its advantage to 21 just before halftime. Leslie passed to Rogers for a layup to start the run, and added a steal and a fast-break layup as the Wolfpack overcame a cold-shooting (5 for 14) first quarter to take a comfortable lead.

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: After opening ACC play with consecutive losses on the road to top-10 opponents N.C. State and Notre Dame, the Panthers get to play four in a row at home. They shot 26.6 percent (against Notre Dame) and 22.2 percent from the field in their last two games.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack are cruising, having won by at least 11 points in 14 of 16 games. Playing good defense without fouling has been a staple for N.C. State, which entered Thursday’s game ranked fourth in the nation in fewest fouls per game and didn’t commit a foul in the first 11 minutes.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: Plays host to Boston College on Sunday.

N.C. State: Visits Virginia on Sunday.

Buckeyes top No. 25 Indiana, 55-50

COLUMBUS — Carmen Grande scored 19 points, including four free throws in the last 20 seconds, and Ohio State outscored No. 25 Indiana 25-14 in the fourth quarter to pull off a 55-50 upset on Thursday night.

The Buckeyes (5-8, 1-3 Big Ten) took a 51-45 lead when Janai Crooms completed a 3-point play with 1:26 to play to cap a 7-0 run. The Hoosiers (14-2, 3-1) responded with five straight, closing within 51-50 on Brenna Wise’s 3-point play with 33.5 seconds left.

Grande then hit two free throws at 20.5 remaining and after Indiana missed 3-pointer, Grande rebounded and clinched it with two free throws at 6.4 to go.

Ohio State snapped a five-game losing streak and Indiana’s four-game winning streak with its 13th straight win in the series. The Hoosiers had entered the Top 25 for just the fifth time in school history on Monday.

A 12-0 run in the first period gave Indiana the biggest lead of the game at 14-2. Jensen Caretti scored the final basket of the third quarter to start a 10-0 run that gave Ohio State its first lead of the game, 38-36 less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Both teams struggled to find their shot, combining to go 3 of 26 on 3-pointers with 34 turnovers.

Jaelynn Penn led Indiana with 12 points.

UIC defeats Youngstown State

CHICAGO — Tarkus Ferguson scored 23 points shooting 7 of 10 from 3-point range and Illinois-Chicago snapped a two-game skid and beat Youngstown State 78-63 Thursday night.

Godwin Boahen scored 21 points with four 3s, Rob Howard shot 5 of 8 from the field and the Flames made 31 of 56 (55 percent) from the field including 14 of 31 (45) from distance.

The Flames (8-9, 2-2 Horizon League) built a 14-0 lead with Ferguson burying a pair of 3s, Boahen a pair of layups and Howard adding a jump shot and a layup. Later, Ferguson added a 3 with 10:55 before halftime and the Flames led 24-9 en route to a 45-23 lead at the break. Jordan Blount’s layup with 16:29 made it 54-27.

Jelani Simmons scored 15 points for Youngstown State (5-13, 1-4). The Penguins now have lost five of their last six.

Svensson leads at Sony Open

HONOLULU — Adam Svensson of Canada capped off a rookie round to remember with a 10-foot birdie putt for a 9-under 61 to take a one-shot lead in the opening round Thursday at the Sony Open.

Andrew Putnam set a target in the morning that looked tough to beat with a 62. As the wind began to die late in the day, the 25-year-old Svensson ran off four straight birdies to tie for the lead, and then did one better with a tough up-and-down right of the green on the par-5 18th.

Matt Kuchar had a 63 playing in the afternoon.

From staff and wire reports

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