COLUMBUS - Anthony Crater, a prized recruit who has appeared in all 10 games for No. 15 Ohio State this season, has been granted a release from his scholarship.
Buckeyes coach Thad Matta announced the surprise decision yesterday. The 6-foot-1 freshman point guard from Flint, Mich., requested the release.
Crater had 12 points and 19 assists for the Buckeyes (9-1). In Ohio State's first loss of the season, a 76-48 setback to West Virginia at home on Saturday, Crater played 12 minutes.
Matta did not know Crater's plans.
NO. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 97, RUTGERS 75
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Tyler Hansbrough had 26 points and 10 rebounds, as North Carolina earned a school-record 12th straight double-figure victory.
Ty Lawson had 19 points and Danny Green 18 for the Tar Heels (12-0).
Freshman Mike Rosario scored 26 points for Rutgers (9-4).
No. 10 Purdue 59, valparaiso 45
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - E'Twaun Moore scored 14 points to help Purdue (11-2) take its sixth straight win.
Urule Igbavboa and Jake Diebler each scored 13 for Valparaiso (3-9.
No. 13 UCLA 78,
Louisiana Tech 55
LOS ANGELES - Josh Shipp returned from a two-game absence to score 16 points, and UCLA (10-2) never trailed. Magnum Rolle led Louisiana Tech (6-7) with 17 points.
No. 23 Minnesota 82,
High Point 56
MINNEAPOLIS - Ralph Sampson III scored a career-high 17 points for Minnesota (12-0), off to its best start in 60 seasons.