Scores

Final

Ohio State 65

(17-8, 8-4 Big Ten)

Northwestern 47

(7-15, 0-11 Big Ten)

    9:00 PM ET, February 13, 2008

    Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

    1 2 T
    OSU 29 3665
    NW 25 2247

    Top Performers

    Ohio State: K. Koufos 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast

    Northwestern: C. Moore 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Ohio St. 65, Northwestern 47

    Associated Press

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Kosta Koufos scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Jamar Butler set the school's all-time assist record, and Ohio State beat Northwestern 65-47 for a much-needed victory on Wednesday night.

    With their NCAA hopes in doubt after reaching the finals last year, the Buckeyes (17-8, 8-4 Big Ten) could not afford a letdown after losing two of their previous three games. The defending Big Ten champions went on a 19-4 run in the second half to give coach Thad Matta his 200th career win and put away a team that is still searching for its first conference victory.

    Butler had 12 points and six assists, giving him 517 -- one more than former record holder Kelvin Ransey.

    Othello Hunter, who scored 14 points, started the decisive run with a basket down low and a dunk that turned a one-point lead into a 39-34 advantage with 12:40 left. Jon Diebler scored six of his nine points during that stretch, including a 3-pointer that made it 54-38 with just over five minutes remaining. And Evan Turner had five of his 10 during that run.

    Craig Moore scored 15 for Northwestern (7-15, 0-11), but it wasn't enough to snap the Wildcats' 16 game conference losing streak -- not counting a loss to Michigan State in last year's tournament.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    OSU
    NW
    Points 65 47
    FG Made-Attempted 26-49 (.531) 18-49 (.367)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-22 (.409) 6-20 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-6 (.667) 5-6 (.833)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 3

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