Boxscore
Ohio St. 75, Northwestern 73
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:30 PM
Location - Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Officials - Ed Hightower, Mike Sanzere, Ray Perone
Attendance - 8117

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Ohio St. 39 36 75
Northwestern 29 44 73

Recap


OHIO STATE 75, NORTHWESTERN 73: Jared Sullinger had 22 points and 18 rebounds, including a layup with four seconds left, as the No. 11 Buckeyes remained alive for a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

Ohio State (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten) will win the Big Ten title with a victory at No. 5 Michigan State (13-4) on Sunday.

Northwestern (17-12, 7-10), which lost for the sixth consecutive time to Ohio State, trailed by as many as 13 points before coming all the way back to tie the game at 73 on a dramatic 3-pointer by Alex Marcotullio with 10 seconds to play. John Shurna, who scored 22 points, missed a potential winning 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.

The Buckeyes had a seemingly comfortable 12-point lead after Lenzelle Smith, who had a career-high seven assists, fed William Buford for a dunk and a 66-54 cushion at the 7:24 mark.

Northwestern, though, whittled the deficit down to 73-70 on two free throws by JerShon Cobb, and a Cobb steal led to Marcotullio’s shot.

Drew Crawford hit 9 of 11 field goals and scored 23 points for Northwestern, which has never played in the NCAA Tournament.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Ohio State had an excellent first half, making 16 of 27 from the field (59 percent). … The Buckeyes outrebounded the Wildcats 42-16, including 20-3 in the opening half. … Northwestern  fell to 1-7 against ranked teams.

Ohio St Buckeyes

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Lenzelle Smith Jr. 33:00 4-8 0-3 4-6 1 2 3 7 3 0 2 0 12
Jared Sullinger 37:00 8-15 0-0 6-8 11 7 18 3 3 0 4 2 22
Deshaun Thomas 40:00 8-15 2-5 1-1 4 6 10 2 2 1 1 0 19
William Buford 27:00 3-10 0-4 0-0 2 4 6 4 3 0 1 0 6
Aaron Craft 40:00 5-7 4-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 4 4 2 14
Evan Ravenel 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Sam Thompson 16:00 1-2 0-1 0-1 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 2
Shannon Scott 4:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 29-58 6-19 11-16 18 24 42 20 17 5 16 4 75
  50.0% 31.6% 68.8% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 16

Northwestern Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
JerShon Cobb 25:00 1-3 1-2 3-4 0 3 3 1 0 2 2 1 6
Drew Crawford 27:00 9-11 4-6 1-5 0 4 4 3 2 1 0 0 23
Reggie Hearn 31:00 4-8 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 5 4 1 1 0 9
John Shurna 39:00 7-19 4-10 4-4 2 1 3 3 2 0 0 0 22
Dave Sobolewski 34:00 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 2 3 0 5
Davide Curletti 21:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 3 3 0 0 0 2
Alex Marcotullio 21:00 2-5 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 1 6
Nick Fruendt 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 26-52 13-27 8-13 4 12 16 21 15 7 7 2 73
  50.0% 48.1% 61.5% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 7
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