Chicagoan Sam Thompson had a career-high 19 points to help No. 10 Ohio State rout Nebraska 71-50 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday night at United Center, Chicago. Thompson was 6 for 6 from the field in the second half, when the Buckeyes were 17 for 22 overall, turning a close game into a blowout with an impressive 30-5 run.
Shavon Shields scored 14 points for Nebraska (15-18), which shot 37.9 percent in the second half. Ohio State went 9 for 17 from 3-point range in its third victory against Nebraska this season. The Buckeyes also beat the Cornhuskers 70-44 on Jan. 2 and won 63-56 at Nebraska a month later.
Nebraska got off to a fast start and used a 2-3 zone to slow Ohio State early, but the Buckeyes put together a 16-2 run to take a 22-17 lead with 5:20 left.