Local Teams

National Basketball Association
Ohio St. 75, Northwestern 73
When: 8:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Officials: # Ed Hightower, # Mike Sanzere, # Ray Perone
Attendance: 8117

OHIO STATE 75, NORTHWESTERN 73: Jared Sullinger had 22 points and 18 rebounds, including a layup with four seconds left, as the No. 11 Buckeyes remained alive for a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

Ohio State (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten) will win the Big Ten title with a victory at No. 5 Michigan State (13-4) on Sunday.

Northwestern (17-12, 7-10), which lost for the sixth consecutive time to Ohio State, trailed by as many as 13 points before coming all the way back to tie the game at 73 on a dramatic 3-pointer by Alex Marcotullio with 10 seconds to play. John Shurna, who scored 22 points, missed a potential winning 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.

The Buckeyes had a seemingly comfortable 12-point lead after Lenzelle Smith, who had a career-high seven assists, fed William Buford for a dunk and a 66-54 cushion at the 7:24 mark.

Northwestern, though, whittled the deficit down to 73-70 on two free throws by JerShon Cobb, and a Cobb steal led to Marcotullio’s shot.

Drew Crawford hit 9 of 11 field goals and scored 23 points for Northwestern, which has never played in the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State had an excellent first half, making 16 of 27 from the field (59 percent). … The Buckeyes outrebounded the Wildcats 42-16, including 20-3 in the opening half. … Northwestern fell to 1-7 against ranked teams.
Top Game Performances
Ohio St.   Northwestern
Jared Sullinger 22 Scoring Drew Crawford 23
Lenzelle Smith Jr. 7 Assists Reggie Hearn 5
Jared Sullinger 18 Rebounds Drew Crawford 4
Jared Sullinger 6 Free Throws Made John Shurna 4
Aaron Craft 4 Steals JerShon Cobb 2
Aaron Craft 2 Blocks JerShon Cobb 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Ohio St. 75 50.0 6-19 11-16 20 42 4 5 16
Northwestern 73 50.0 13-27 8-13 21 16 2 7 7