Frosh sensation Oden leads No. 5 Buckeyes over NU
Evanston, IL (Sports Network) – Freshman Greg Oden had 17 points while pulling
down 17 rebounds, as fifth-ranked Ohio State bested Northwestern, 59-50, in
Big Ten action at Ryan Center.
Ivan Harris netted 14 of his game-high 18 points in the first half while
grabbing seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (17-3, 5-1 Big Ten), who have won
four in a row while improving to just 2-3 in true road games.
Ohio State beat Northwestern for the second time in seven days despite turning
the ball over 14 times to the Wildcats’ eight. The Buckeyes posted a more
decisive 73-41 win at home over Northwestern on January 17.
Tim Doyle had 15 points and Sterling Williams added 11 for the Wildcats (11-9,
1-6), who have lost six of seven and are in last place in the conference.
Kevin Coble ended with 10 points in defeat.
A 10-2 run for Northwestern in the first half put the club in front 20-11. The
Wildcats hit a trio of three-pointers on the spurt, including two by Williams.
Ohio State then took control with a 12-0 burst to go in front 23-20. Harris
made it a two-point game with a three-pointer, while a dunk and free throw by
Oden put the Buckeyes in front with 2:15 left in the first half.
Back-to-back layups by Doyle moved Northwestern back in front by one with 1:01
remaining, but Ohio State closed out the half with four in a row to lead 27-24
at the break, and then netted nine of the second half’s first 11 points. Three
different Ohio State players hit treys, as Ron Lewis’ three-pointer made it
36-26 2:38 into the second half.
The Wildcats used back-to-back three-pointers by Coble and Williams to get
within 38-34, and after a free throw by Lewis, Northwestern made it a one-
point game after two straight layups from Doyle.
However, Oden answered with a pair of buckets, and a three by Jamar Butler
later gave Ohio State a 46-41 edge with 7:42 to play.
Northwestern failed to get closer than three the rest of the way as Ohio State
scored nine of the game’s final 11 points.
Butler finished with nine points, while Mike Conley Jr. had seven points and
four assists…Ohio State dominated the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats
39-19…Oden finished 5-of-10 from the free throw line…Williams shot 3-of-4
from three-point range…Northwestern fell to 8-4 at home.