COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Amir Williams and Shannon Scott were McDonald's All-Americans in high school.
For most of their Ohio State career, however, they have been merely side orders.
Just in time, they're stepping into the spotlight for the eighth-ranked Buckeyes.
Williams scored a career-high 16 points and Scott added 13 and matched a personal best with nine rebounds to lead Ohio State to a 63-52 victory over American University on Wednesday night.
"I've been working my tail off during the offseason and in practices as well just to have to some go-to moves in the post," said Williams, a 6-foot-10 junior who is averaging only 3 points and 3 rebounds a game for his first two seasons. "It's looking like it's finally starting to come alive. I'm starting to feel a lot more confident. Once I see that ball going in the basket, I want to get the ball again to try to make another basket. It's a confidence thing. I hope it skyrockets."
Scott has spent his first two years as a defensive option if Aaron Craft got into foul trouble. He also was averaging 3 points a game but now is hitting for 12 points a game.
"We came in all summer and worked on our game," Scott said, speaking of himself and Williams. "We've got a better attitude this year as well. We know we have to be guys on this team that make plays happen."
The Buckeyes (4-0) struggled all night to make shots, finishing 20 of 56 from the field for 36 percent. They were rescued by Williams' strong play inside -- he hit 6 of 9 shots from the field, 4 of 5 free throws and added seven rebounds.
"We had 13 shots we missed at halftime that were right in the paint," coach Thad Matta said. "Thank goodness Amir got us off to a pretty good start and was making some shots."
Scott added four assists and three steals. Craft had nine points and seven steals and freshman Marc Loving added nine points off the bench.
"Ohio State's a good team. You've got to do a lot of things right to beat a team like that," said first-year American U. coach Mike Brennan. "We had 27 turnovers and gave up 17 offensive rebounds, and that had a lot to do with the loss tonight. But they're good. They're loaded. They've got a lot of weapons."
Jesse Reed scored 15 points, Tony Wroblicky had 14 and Darius Gardner 10 for the Eagles (1-2), who never led in the last 23 minutes but never really went away.
NO. 14 WICHITA ST 77, TULSA 54
TULSA, Okla. -- Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker each scored 21 points and No. 14 Wichita State finished with a 26-6 run to shake free of pesky Tulsa.
Wichita State (5-0) has outscored its opponents by a combined 71 points in the second half the past four games. Tulsa (0-3) was 13 for 30 from the free throw line. In its two home games this season, Tulsa is 30 for 66 from the line.
Pat Swilling finished with 12 points, Tulsa's only scorer in double-digits.
NO. 20 BAYLOR 69,
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 64
WACO, Texas -- Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double already this season and Isaiah Austin also scored 16 points as No. 20 Baylor (4-0) beat Charleston Southern.
Will Saunders led Charleston with 16 points. Sheldon Strickland had 14 points, while Nimley had 11 included three 3-pointers.
NO. 21 IOWA ST 90, BYU 88
PROVO, Utah -- Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane each scored 21 points, leading No. 21 Iowa State to a come-from-behind win over Brigham Young.
Kane, who was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul with 3:28 remaining, had a team-high 11 rebounds for the Cyclones (4-0). Georges Niang added 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds for Iowa State.
PURDUE 83, E. ILLINOIS 55
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Bryson Scott scored 14 points and Kendall Stephens added 11 to lead unbeaten Purdue past Eastern Illinois, 83-55.
The Boilermakers (4-0) continued a trend of winning every other game by a blowout and topped 75 points for the sixth straight time dating to last season -- their longest streak since an eight-game span during the 1997-98 season.
Eastern Illinois (2-2) was led by Reggie Smith with 11 points and Sherman Blanford with nine on a night it shot just 32.8 percent from the field against a defense that ranks at or near the bottom of the Big Ten in nearly every major category.
NORTHWESTERN 93, UIC 58
CHICAGO -- Dave Sobolewski scored 17 of his career-high 25 points in the first half and Drew Crawford added 18 as Northwestern routed Illinois-Chicago, 93-58.
Northwestern (2-2) opened the game with a 17-4 lead on Sanjay Lumpkin's layup and JerShon Cobb's 3-pointer extended the lead to 20-6 as the Wildcats led wire to wire.
Jordan Harks led Illinois-Chicago (1-3) with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Marc Brown, who averaged 21.7 points in the first three games, was held to seven points.
OHIO 65, MORGAN STATE 62
BALTIMORE -- Stevie Taylor converted a three-point play with three seconds on the clock and Maurice Ndour scored five of his team-high 13 points in the final minutes as Ohio edged Morgan State, 65-62.
Morgan State was striving for its first win as Anthony Hubbard grabbed a rebound and scored on a fast break to tie the game at 62-62 with 38 seconds left. Justin Black and Ian Chiles led Morgan State (0-4) with 17 points apiece, a season-high for Chiles.
XAVIER 77, MIAMI (OH) 51
CINCINNATI -- Dee Davis was 6-of-7 from the field and scored 15 points to lead Xavier to a 77-51 win over its oldest rival.
Davis missed the first two games with a head injury but has returned to lead the Musketeers (4-0) to their fourth straight victory to start the season.
Semaj Christon scored 13 points for the Musketeers and James Farr turned in his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Stainbrook added 10 points.
Geovonie McKnight scored 10 points to lead Miami (0-3). Reggie Johnson was limited to five points despite entering the game as the Mid-American Conference's leading scorer with 23 points per game.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 83,
WESTERN MICHIGAN 74
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Taylor Braun scored 23 points and Marshall Bjorklund added 18 as North Dakota State put away Western Michigan, 83-74.
The Bison (2-2) shot 58.5 percent from the field and used an early 9-0 run fueled by two 3-pointers from TrayVonn Wright and a triple from Braun to propel into the lead for good as they led 40-31 at halftime.
Western Michigan (3-2) trailed by double digits for most of the second half before cutting the lead to nine on a David Brown layup. North Dakota State sank their next eight free throws to close the game. Brown finished with 27 points for the Broncos, and Shayne Whittington and Connar Taya each had 16.
CINCINNATI 81, CAMPBELL 62
CINCINNATI -- Sean Kilpatrick scored a season-high 23 points, and Justin Jackson had a career-high 19, helping Cincinnati stay unbeaten with an 81-62 victory over Campbell.
The Bearcats (4-0) never trailed, pulling ahead by as many as 23 points while shooting 63 percent from the field.
The Fighting Camels (2-3) lost their third in a row. Andrew Ryan scored 17 points and Darius Leonard added 16.
DAYTON 82, GEORGIA TECH 72
ATLANTA -- Devin Oliver and Jordan Sibert each scored 20 points, Vee Sanford added 15 and Dayton beat Georgia Tech, 82-72.
Dayton (4-0) maximized its chances on Georgia Tech's 19 miscues to outscore the Yellow Jackets 33-6 on turnovers.
Daniel Miller finished with 20 points and Marcus Georges-Hunt had 16 for Georgia Tech (3-1).
YOUNGSTOWN ST. 82, THIEL 58
YOUNGSTOWN -- Kamren Belin scored 13 points as six Youngstown State players scored in double figures in an 82-58 rout of Thiel College.
Shawn Amiker had 12 points for Youngstown State (5-1) in just 13 minutes of play. Ryan Weber and DJ Cole added 11 apiece, and Bobby Hain and Kendrick Perry each had 10 for the Penguins. Youngstown State shot 49.2 percent from the field and outrebounded Thiel 43-29.
Eric Mallinger had 15 points and nine rebounds for Thiel.
IPFW 106, PURDUE-CALUMET 72
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Moe Evans came off the bench to pour in 22 points, leading five players in double figures as IPFW rolled to a win over Purdue-Calumet.
Evans, a freshman, had an all-around great game with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals to go with his career-best scoring night. Two other reserves also scored in double figures for the Mastodons (4-2) -- Joe Reed with 11 and Luis Jacobo with 10. Starting forwards Michael Kibiloski and Steve Forbes had 15 and 12 respectively.
The Peregrines (5-2) got 26 points from Kaspars Brencans and 16 from Dioscar Gomez.