Feb. 14, 2013
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Site: Columbus, Ohio (Value City Arena)
Score: No. 13/14 Ohio State 69, Northwestern 59
Records: NU (13-12, 4-8 Big Ten), Ohio State (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Feb. 17 - vs. Illinois (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 6:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A depleted Northwestern squad led No. 13/14 Ohio State throughout the majority of the contest, but a late 12-0 run by the Buckeyes allowed the hosts to pull out a 69-59 win Thursday night at Value City Arena.
Tre Demps led four NU players in double figures with 16 points. Kale Abrahamson added 13 points while Reggie Hearn and Dave Sobolewski chipped in with 12 and 10, respectively.
Decimated by injuries, Northwestern came into the contest with just seven scholarship players available and nine players overall. However, the 'Cats dictated the tempo throughout, giving them a chance to win until the Buckeyes' last-minute surge.
The Wildcats got off to a great start on the offensive end. After Ohio State scored the first four points of the game, Northwestern connected on four consecutive field goal attempts as a 10-0 run gave the 'Cats a 10-4 lead.
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When Nikola Cerina scored on a lay-in with just under 11 minutes left, NU's advantage was 16-11. When Sobolewski knocked down Northwestern's fourth 3-pointer of the half at the 7:25 mark, the advantage grew to 22-16.
A 7-0 run by the Buckeyes gave the hosts a one-point advantage and the lead grew to three on Amir Williams' dunk with 3.6 seconds left, but Demps raced down the court and banked in a triple to beat the first-half buzzer, making it 30-30 at the break.
Two 3-pointers by Abrahamson and another by Demps in the first four minutes of in the second half gave NU nine triples for the game and put the Wildcats in front 39-37.
When Abrahamson drilled his third trey in the first six minutes of the second stanza, Northwestern's advantage was 44-41. Following two Deshaun Thomas free throws, Hearn connected on a tough reverse layup and Sobolewski's layup was goaltended, putting the 'Cats up 48-43 with 11:30 left.
Ohio State closed to within two, but Mike Turner's jumper made it 51-47 with seven minutes to go. Shannon Scott's trey put the hosts in front 52-51 with 5:48 remaining before Abrahamson and Thomas traded three-point plays.
A tip-in by Sam Thompson increased the Buckeyes' advantage to 57-54, but Demps' 3-pointer with 3:28 to go tied the game. Thomas gave OSU the lead back with a bucket before Hearn's layup sat on the back of the rim for seemingly an eternity before falling off.
Aaron Craft drove the lane to beat the shot clock with 1:50 left, making it 61-57 and Northwestern missed on the other end. Two free throws by Thomas and a pair of dunks by Thompson helped Ohio State go on the late 12-point run that proved to be the difference.
NU connected on 11 3-pointers in the contest and Turner posted a career-high eight assists. Thomas scored a game-high 22 points, but was held to 6-for-17 shooting from the field.
Northwestern returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Sunday as it takes on in-state foe Illinois at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The contest is sold out.
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