|Ohio State head coach Thad Matta, left, talks to Deshaun Thomas (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)|
No. 10 Ohio State beats Northwestern 75-73
EVANSTON, Ill.—Jared Sullinger banked in a turnaround shot with 3.1 seconds left Wednesday night and No. 10 Ohio State recovered after squandering a 13-point second-half lead to beat Northwestern 75-73.
Sullinger's game-winner completed a 22-point, 18-rebound night for the Buckeyes' sophomore star.
Northwestern's Alex Marcotullio tied the game on a 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds to go as the Wildcats went on a late 8-0 run.
But after a timeout, Aaron Craft got the ball to Sullinger and he hit the go-ahead shot from the right of the basket. Northwestern's John Shurna came down court and threw up a desperation shot that hit the rim at the buzzer.
Ohio State (24-6, 12-5), which had lost three of five, has a chance to tie for the Big Ten title if it can win at No. 5 Michigan State in Sunday's regular season finale. The Spartans already have at least a share of the championship, despite losing to Indiana on Tuesday night.