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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:20 pm

Washington scores career-high 23 as Ohio State tops Nebraska

NICOLE KRAFT | Associated Press

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Duane Washington Jr. scored a career-high 23 points to lead No. 21 Ohio State to an 81-71 win over Northwestern on Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes (10-3, 4-3) avenged a one-point loss to the Wildcats on Dec. 26.

Justin Ahrens added 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers, including a timely one late in the second half to help preserve the Buckeyes lead.

Chase Audige kept Northwestern (6-5, 3-4) in the game, scoring 21 of his career-best 25 points in the first half. Audige, who was averaging 11.7 points per game, cooled off in the second half, just as Miller Kopp was heating up. He had 16 points in the second half to get Northwestern within one late in the second half.

Ohio State then went on a 12-0 run to secure the win.

Kyle Young added 12, including a key three-point play with just over two minutes left in the game, and Justice Sueing added 13.

Freshman Meechie Johnson Jr., who left high school earlier this year to bolster the Buckeye bench, scored his first-ever basket, a 3-pointer on his first career shot. Johnson ended up with 6

The Buckeye victory was all the more impressive considering the limited scoring from E.J. Liddell, who missed all six of his shots from the field. He was 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

BIG PICTURE

Duane Washington Jr. continued with the hot hand, and a shootout between two shooting guards went Ohio State’s way. Northwestern hung tough but it was not enough to overcome a balanced Buckeye effort.

UP NEXT

Ohio State visits Illinois Saturday, with tip-off at noon.

Northwestern hosts Iowa Monday at 6 p.m.


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