banner

College Basketball

more stats

Ohio State takes care of Northwestern

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - LaQuinton Ross had 16 points and six rebounds before being ejected late in the game, leading No. 24 Ohio State to a 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday.

Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 14 points apiece while the latter grabbed 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes (21-6, 8-6 Big Ten), who have won six of their last eight.

"I like the direction we are heading," said Ohio State coach Thad Matta. "This is historically where we have tried to play our best basketball. With the landscape of college basketball, who knows what is going to happen when you take the floor. That is why we have done everything we can to keep our focus on us, in terms of us getting better."

Drew Crawford scored a game-high 22 points and Tre Demps added 14 for Northwestern (12-15, 5-9), which has lost four straight.

The game opened up back-and-forth until a Sanjay Lumpkin layup sparked a 13-1 surge for Northwestern to give it a 25-16 advantage with 7:19 left in the first half.

Ohio State, however, closed out the half with a 21-8 tear and carried a 37-33 lead into the break.

The Buckeyes stayed hot to open the second half and outscored the Wildcats 24-7 and took a 61-40 advantage halfway through the final frame.

The Wildcats never came within double digits following the Buckeyes' run.

"We had a very poor start to the second half," said Northwestern coach Chris Collins. "[Ohio State] made shots early, got out in transition a little bit and we had a number of fouls that put us in a tough spot. I sensed they turned up their defense a notch. I felt an extra burst of energy and aggressiveness."

Ross and Nikola Cerina were both ejected with 5:24 left to play for their participation in a scuffle between the teams.

Amir Williams and Cerina battled for position under the Northwestern basket. The rebound didn't come to them, but Williams and Cerina stayed locked up and that eventually ensued into a shoving match.

It looked as if Cerina threw a punch at Williams before the referees broke them apart and as the players arrived to defend their teammates, the skirmish appeared to be calming down. However, Ross pushed Cerina from behind before the scrum was finally quelled.

Game Notes

Northwestern hosts Indiana on Saturday ... The Buckeyes have won nine straight in the series and 26 of 27 since 1998-99 ... Ohio State hosts Minnesota on Saturday ... Ohio State shot 23-for-29 from the charity stripe , while the Wildcats went 9-for-14.

02/20 00:10:53 ET

Other Stories

  • CFB: Maryland at Syracuse

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Detroit at Kansas City

    Today at 12:30 pm on FOX50

  • SEC: Florida at Alabama

    Today at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • High School Wrap Up Show

    Today at 9:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Today at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • SEC: Florida at Alabama

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: NC State vs. Presbyterian

    Tonight at 6:00 on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
12:30pm Today
DUKE
TULA
3:30pm Today
ECU
UNC
6:00pm Tonight
TOWSN
NCCU
 
6:00pm Tonight
NCSU
PRES
 
Final
CHC 5
LOS 14
Final
BAL 3
BOS 5
Final
PIT 4
MIL 2
Final
NYY 5
TOR 3
Final
TAM 3
CWS 4
Final
MIA 2
WAS 3
Final
ATL 0
NYM 5
Final
COL 15
ARI 3
Final
MIN 5
CLE 4
Final
KAN 1
DET 10
Final
HOU 5
SEA 10
Final
STL 2
CIN 1
9th
OAK 3
PHI 1
 
7th
ANA 2
TEX 10
 
8th
SDP 5
SFG 0
 
1:05pm Today
KAN
DET
 
1:05pm Today
CHC
LOS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
PHI
 
4:05pm Today
NYY
TOR
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
BOS
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
NYM
 
7:10pm Tonight
HOU
SEA
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
7:15pm Tonight
STL
CIN
 
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
 
9:05pm Tonight
ANA
TEX
 
Final
SFLA 17
UCONN 14
12:00pm Today
WISC
BGU
12:00pm Today
MSU
EMICH
12:00pm Today
VT
GT
12:00pm Today
PITT
IOWA
12:00pm Today
RICE
ODU
12:00pm Today
UGA
TROY
12:30pm Today
SYR
MD
12:30pm Today
DUKE
TULA
2:00pm Today
COL
HAW
2:00pm Today
AKR
MARS
3:30pm Today
WAKE
ARMY
3:30pm Today
KU
CMICH
3:30pm Today
ALA
UF
3:30pm Today
FIU
LOU
3:30pm Today
ECU
UNC
3:30pm Today
NAVY
RUTG
3:30pm Today
SMU
TEXAM
3:30pm Today
MICH
UTAH
3:30pm Today
BYU
UVA
4:00pm Today
WYO
FATL
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
IND
4:00pm Today
PSU
UMASS
4:00pm Today
MINN
SJST
4:00pm Today
ILL
TXST
6:00pm Tonight
WASH
GASTATE
7:00pm Tonight
SMISS
APPST
7:00pm Tonight
TOL
BST
7:00pm Tonight
OHIO
IDAHO
7:00pm Tonight
CIN
UMO
7:00pm Tonight
MEM
MTST
7:00pm Tonight
LSU
MSST
7:00pm Tonight
ARK
NILL
7:00pm Tonight
ARKST
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
SALABAMA
GASO
7:30pm Tonight
WVU
OKLA
7:30pm Tonight
VANDY
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
FSU
CLEM
8:00pm Tonight
NEB
MIAMI
8:00pm Tonight
NMST
NMU
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
UNLV
10:00pm Tonight
ARZ
CAL
10:30pm Tonight
BSU
LALAF
10:30pm Tonight
WASU
OREG
10:30pm Tonight
ORST
SDST
6:00pm Tonight
TOWSN
NCCU
 
6:00pm Tonight
NCSU
PRES