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Feb 1, 2003

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Post Game Press Conference Audio
Ohio State Head Coach Jim O’Brien
Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody

By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Velimir Radinovic scored five of his 12 points during a 17-3 second-half run as Ohio State beat Northwestern 65-52 on Saturday.

The Buckeyes (10-9, 3-5 Big Ten), who had lost four of their last five games, beat the Wildcats for the eighth time in a row.

Brent Darby led Ohio State with 15 points, Sean Connolly had 13 and Zach Williams added 11.

Northwestern (8-10, 0-7) dropped to 2-20 in Big Ten road games in coach Bill Carmody’s three seasons.

Aaron Jennings led the Wildcats, who lost their seventh game in a row, with 15 points. Winston Blake added 14.

Northwestern was content to shoot 3-pointers instead of going inside. The Wildcats shot a school-record 36 3-pointers – making 10 – while hitting 9 of 20 shots inside the arc.

With Northwestern offering only token resistance on the boards, Ohio State outrebounded the Wildcats 45-26. Radinovic and Williams each had 10 rebounds.

The Buckeyes led 36-32 after Jennings scored on a 10-footer jumper with 16:54 left. Over the next nine minutes, Ohio State scored 17 of 20 points to take control by consistently working the ball down low.

Radinovic started the spurt with a pair of free throws. Connolly added five points and Williams had three before Darby scored his only points of the surge on a jumper from the lane at the 7:57 mark to make it 53-35.

Ohio State led 32-27 at halftime thanks to a late 10-0 run that including a 3-pointer by Darby and a three-point play by Connolly.

Northwestern came into the game next to last in the Big Ten in opponents’ field-goal percentage, but the Buckeyes failed to make a shot from the field for more than 10 minutes.

While the Wildcats continued to pump up 3-pointers – they took 16 in the first half compared to 12 shots inside the arc – the Buckeyes turned the ball over seven times and missed six of their first seven free throws.

A moment of silence was observed prior to the game in remembrance of the space shuttle Columbia.