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EVANSTON, Ill. – The Ohio State men’s basketball team dropped a 68-50 contest to Northwestern Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 18-12 overall and 8-11 in the Big Ten while the Wildcats move to 13-17, 4-15 in conference play.
Keyshawn Woods led Ohio State with 15 points and seven rebounds while Duane Washington Jr. tacked on 11 and six boards. Dererk Pardon scored 18 of his game-high 20 in the second half to go along with 13 rebounds to lead three Wildcats in double figures.
The Buckeyes started the first half cold, missing their first 13 shots and falling behind 12-2 before a C.J. Jackson layup made it a 12-4 game with 11:09 remaining in the half. Ohio State trimmed the deficit to 14-10 on a Justin Ahrens 3-pointer with 7:54 left to play but Northwestern followed with a 7-0 run over the next 3:18 to make it a 21-10 contest before taking a 28-17 advantage into the break.
Woods led Ohio State with eight points over the first 20 minutes while Vic Law scored eight for the Wildcats.
The Buckeyes kept trying to chip away to start the second half but Northwestern still held a 47-37 advantage with 9:56 remaining before a Woods jumper and a 3-pointer from Washington Jr. cut the Wildcat lead to 47-42 with 8:54 left to play. However, Northwestern scored the next 10, capped by a 3-point play by Pardon, to push the lead to 57-42 with 6:00 remaining and put the contest out of reach.
For the game, Ohio State held a 45-39 advantage on the boards but was unable to overcome a 17-for-64 (26.6 percent) shooting night.
Ohio State hosts No. 21 Wisconsin on Senior Day at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.