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Buckeyes Hang On For Tight Win Over Northwestern

A key one.

Score: No. 13 Ohio State 69, Northwestern 59

Star(s): Ohio State:Deshaun Thomas 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast; Amir Williams 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl. Northwestern:Kale Abrahamson 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast; Tre Demps 16 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl.

Story: After a long buzzer-beater to tie it up at half time, Northwestern kept the Buckeyes working until the end. The fans in a not-so-full Value City Arena grew restless as the Wildcats poured in 3-pointer after 3-pointer.

Amir Williams had another big game, continuing his big step forward, but it almost wasn't enough. Thomas struggled throughout most of the game but keyed a late 12-0 run that the Wildcats couldn't overcome.

It would have been a devastating loss for the Buckeyes, who are locked in a tight Big Ten race. With a trip to Madison coming up this weekend, Ohio State will be looking for Aaron Craft & Co. to step up their games against the Badgers.

The Wildcats struggled with fouls towards the end...