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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kaleb Wesson scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Ohio State men’s basketball team over Northwestern, 63-49, Wednesday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 17-9 overall and 7-8 in the Big Ten while the Wildcats drop to 12-14, 3-12 in conference play.
Wesson also led the Buckeyes with eight rebounds and four assists while Duane Washington Jr. and Kyle Young each added eight point off the bench. Vic Law paced Northwestern with 10 points.
Neither team was able to get their footing early on with Northwestern holding a 3-2 lead on a Dererk Pardon layup with 15:04 left to play. However, a pair of Washington Jr. 3-pointers sandwiched around layups from Young and Ryan Taylor gave Ohio State a 10-5 advantage at the 10:53 mark. The Buckeyes pushed their lead to as many as six three times the rest of the half, eventually holding a 24-20 lead at the break.
Wesson scored nine points over the first 20 minutes to lead Ohio State, which limited the Wildcats to 7-for-24 (29.2 percent) shooting and forced seven Northwestern turnovers in the first half. Taylor and A.J. Turner each led Northwestern with four points in the opening half.
Ohio State extended its lead to 36-27 on a Justin Ahrens dunk with 15:34 remaining but the Wildcats scored the next six on a 3-point play by Law and a 3-pointer from Turner to make it a 36-33 game with 14:33 left in the game. The Buckeyes then went on a 14-5 run, capped by a 3-pointer and a layup from Wesson, over the next 6:11 to extend their lead to 50-38 with 8:22 remaining. Northwestern would get no closer than 12 the remainder of the contest as Ohio State picked up its 17th win of the year.
For the game, Ohio State held the Wildcats to 18-for-57 (31.6 percent) from the field and 5-for-29 (17.2 percent) from 3-point range. The Buckeyes turned the ball over just once while converting 16-of-30 (53.3 percent) of their shots in the second half.
Ohio State travels to No. 24 Maryland for a 2 p.m. matchup Saturday in College Park.