EVANSTON, Ill. – The Ohio State men’s basketball team picked up a 71-59 victory over Northwestern Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 13-7 on the year, 3-6 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats fall to 6-13, 1-8 in conference play.
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D.J. Carton paced Ohio State with 17 points while Justin Ahrens provided a spark off the bench with a season-high 12 and Andre and Kaleb Wesson each scored 11. Miller Kopp led Northwestern with 20 points while Pat Spencer chipped in with 13.
Northwestern scored the first seven points of the contest and held a 13-4 lead with 13:23 remaining in the opening half as Ohio State missed nine of its first 10 shots from the field. However, the Buckeyes bounced back to connect on 11 of their next 14 shots, including five from long distance, to gain the advantage and push it to a 36-26 lead on a Luther Muhammad 3-pointer with 3:29 to play, before the Wildcats closed the half on a 9-2 spurt to make it a 38-35 contest at the half.
Andre Wesson led Ohio State with 11 points while Ahrens added six on a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. Kopp kept the Wildcats in it with 15 as Ohio State held a 16-6 advantage in bench points in the opening stanza.
Northwestern battled back to regain a 44-41 lead on a Boo Buie 3-pointer with 14:44 left to play but the Buckeyes responded with a 14-2 spurt, capped by an Ahrens 3-ball, over the next 3:14 to take a 55-46 advantage at the 11:30 mark. The Wildcats cut the deficit to four on two different occasions down the stretch but back-to-back 3-pointer from CJ Walker and Duane Washington Jr. put the game out of reach at 69-56 with less than three minutes left in the contest.
The Buckeyes connected on 11 3-pointers in the game while locking down the Wildcats in an 8-for-30 (26.7 percent) shooting second half. Ohio State held a 39-10 advantage in bench points, a 28-8 lead in points in the paint and a 17-1 stranglehold in fast-break points.