Boxscore
Ohio St. 58, Northwestern 57
Saturday, January 29, 2011 6:00 PM
Location - Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Officials - Eric Curry, Tim Higgins, Zelton Steed
Attendance - 8117

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Ohio St. 27 31 58
Northwestern 25 32 57

Recap


Freshman Jared Sullinger hit a free throw with three seconds left, as No. 1 Ohio State lost a double-digit lead before beating pesky Northwestern 58-57 on Saturday at Evanston, Ill.
 
The top-ranked Buckeyes (22-0, 9-0 Big Ten) let a 51-39 lead slip away, then saw the Wildcats (13-8, 3-7) tie the game at 57-57 on Michael Thompson’s floater with 1:33 to go.
 
Northwestern had a chance to take the lead inside the final 30 seconds, but a steal by David Lighty gave the Buckeyes the ball, and Sullinger was fouled on the low right block as he made a strong move to the hoop by Alex Marcotullio. 
 
Sullinger missed the first free throw but made the second. Northwestern’s Drew Crawford missed a 3-point heave as time expired. 

Up 27-25 at halftime, Ohio State scored 14 of the first 18 points of the second half. Sullinger and William Buford scored six points each during the run, and two Buford free throws with 14:07 to go made it 41-29 Buckeyes.
 
But the Wildcats rallied trailing 51-39 with 8:25 left. A 16-3 run, capped by Thompson’s 3-pointer with 3:53 remaining, gave Northwestern a 55-54 advantage. Ohio State answered with Jon Diebler’s 3-pointer with 3:38 left to move in front 57-55.
 
Sullinger led Ohio State with 21 points. The Buckeyes shot 56.8 percent from the field. Thompson scored 16 to pace Northwestern.

Ohio St Buckeyes

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jared Sullinger 38:00 7-12 0-1 7-10 2 6 8 1 3 1 0 1 21
William Buford 36:00 4-9 0-1 3-3 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 11
Jon Diebler 40:00 1-4 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 3
Dallas Lauderdale 17:00 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 4
David Lighty 34:00 2-3 0-1 2-4 0 2 2 0 2 2 2 0 6
Aaron Craft 28:00 5-6 1-2 2-3 0 2 2 3 3 1 2 0 13
Deshaun Thomas 7:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Sibert 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-37 2-8 14-20 2 16 18 7 13 4 5 3 58
  56.8% 25.0% 70.0% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 5

Northwestern Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
JerShon Cobb 36:00 3-8 2-5 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 0 0 0 8
Drew Crawford 36:00 2-12 1-8 4-5 1 5 6 2 4 0 1 0 9
Luka Mirkovic 30:00 2-5 0-1 1-2 2 1 3 2 3 0 0 1 5
Mike Capocci 24:00 4-7 1-1 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 1 2 1 11
Michael Thompson 38:00 6-13 4-11 0-0 0 1 1 8 3 0 1 0 16
Davide Curletti 10:00 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 3
Alex Marcotullio 26:00 2-5 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 5
TOTAL 200 20-51 9-30 8-11 8 14 22 16 19 1 6 2 57
  39.2% 30.0% 72.7% Team Rebs: 9   Total TO: 6
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