No. 7 Ohio State rolls past Northwestern
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Mike Conley Jr. netted 17 points and handed
out 10 assists, as seventh-ranked Ohio State added to Northwestern’s Big Ten
misery with a 73-41 victory over the Wildcats.
Jamar Butler had 16 points, while Othello Hunter donated 10 points —
including a 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line — and five rebounds
for the Buckeyes (15-3, 3-1), who won for the fifth time in their last six
games while posting a win in all 12 of their home games so far this season.
Greg Oden was held to just five points, but added six rebounds and five blocks
in the win.
Craig Moore was the lone Wildcat in double-figures with 11 points and Jeremy
Nash chipped in with seven points and four rebounds for Northwestern (10-8,
0-5), which has lost five in a row, all conference tilts.
Tim Doyle had six points, three steals and three assists in the loss.
Five straight points by Butler gave Ohio State a quick five-point lead early
in the first, and after a layup by Doyle, the Buckeyes rattled off eight
straight to push their lead to 15-4 with 12:15 remaining. Daequan Cook and
Conley each hit threes on the run.
The Buckeyes continued to stretch their lead through the half and seven points
in a row, capped by Cook’s layup with 4:15 on the clock, padded their lead to
Oden culminated the first half’s scoring on a dunk with just two seconds
remaining, as Ohio State carried a 34-15 advantage into the break.
Ohio State opened up the second half with a 13-3 burst to take a 47-18
advantage, and the Buckeyes led by as many as 35 in the second half en route
to the win.
Ohio State, which leads the all-time series with Northwestern 108-44, shot 47
percent from the floor and was 14-of-15 from the free throw line. The Wildcats
shot 33 percent from the floor and went to the line just twice, making
both…Northwestern turned the ball over 17 times, resulting in 25 points for
the Buckeyes…Cook and Ron Lewis each had nine points.