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Northwestern snaps 10-game skid, beats Ohio State 68-50

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) With Kaleb Wesson out serving a suspension, Dererk Pardon took full advantage.

Pardon had 20 points and 13 rebounds as Northwestern snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 68-50 win over Ohio State on Wednesday night.

Vic Law and A.J. Turner had 10 points apiece and Pardon was 8 for 10 from the field as the Wildcats (13-17, 4-15 Big Ten) won for the first time since beating Indiana 73-66 on Jan. 22.

''We know we got a break tonight not having Kaleb Wesson in the game, but sometimes that happens,'' Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ''They're a different team without him there.''

Keyshawn Woods had 15 points and seven rebounds for Ohio State (18-12, 8-11), which lost its second straight without Wesson. The Buckeyes have dropped five of seven.

Wesson was suspended indefinitely by Ohio State last week for an unspecified violation of athletic department policy. The 6-foot-9 sophomore center leads the team in scoring (14.6 points) and rebounding (6.7). He had 22 points and eight rebounds in the Buckeyes' 63-49 win over Northwestern on Feb. 20.

''It was especially important with Kaleb Wesson not playing to throw the ball into Dererk and have him be aggressive,'' Law said. ''He's such a big part of their team and to have him suddenly taken away is hard.''

Ohio State was blown out 86-51 by Purdue on Saturday in the first game of the Wesson suspension. Things weren't any better at the start of this one.

The Buckeyes missed their first 14 field-goal attempts on Wednesday before C.J. Jackson scored on a driving layup with 11:09 left in the first half. Still, they trailed only 12-4 at that point.

Northwestern wasn't lighting up the scoreboard either - 11 of 28 (39.3 percent) from the field - but took a 28-17 halftime lead. Ohio State was 4 of 27 (14.8 percent) from the field in the first half and the 17 points was a season low.

Ohio State played much better on offense in the second half and trimmed the deficit to 47-42 with just less than nine minutes left. Northwestern, though, answered with 10 straight points for a commanding 57-42 advantage - its largest to that point - with six minutes to go.

Pardon capped the run with a 3-point play on a dunk. He had 18 second-half points on 7-for-7 shooting.

''We just had no answer for him,'' Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann said of Pardon.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The school has said that Wesson will return this season, although no specific date was given. There's been speculation that he'll miss one more game before returning for the start of the Big Ten tournament next week in Chicago. After being ranked in the Top 25 earlier in the season, the Buckeyes' surefire NCAA tournament bid may be in doubt.

Northwestern: The Wildcats can finally exhale after snapping the extended losing streak. They remain in last place in the Big Ten and will need a win in the final regular-season game and an extended run in the conference tournament just to get back to .500. ''I tell them all the time, `Until you're told you don't have any more games, you get ready to play and you compete to win,''' Collins said.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Pardon was asked what stood out to him on the stat sheet, and the 6-foot-8 senior looked past his impressive double-double:

''For me, that we held them to 50 points. That's something that we always pride ourselves on, playing defense, so I felt like we got stops when we needed to when they turned up the heat a little bit.''

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Hosts No. 21 Wisconsin on Sunday in regular-season finale.

Northwestern: Hosts No. 11 Purdue on Saturday in regular-season finale.

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Key Players
C. Jackson
3 G
V. Law
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
15.3 Pts. Per Game 15.3
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
6.4 Reb. Per Game 6.4
40.6 Field Goal % 39.6
38.3 Three Point % 32.9
79.3 Free Throw % 78.3
  Defensive rebound by Vic Law 28.0
  Andre Wesson missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Offensive rebound by C.J. Jackson 37.0
  Duane Washington Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 39.0
+ 2 Dererk Pardon made dunk 48.0
  Offensive rebound by Dererk Pardon 49.0
  Anthony Gaines missed driving layup 51.0
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Gaines 1:19
  Duane Washington Jr. missed driving layup, blocked by Vic Law 1:21
  Defensive rebound by Keyshawn Woods 1:28
  Anthony Gaines missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:28
Team Stats
Points 50 68
Field Goals 17-64 (26.6%) 26-58 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 4-26 (15.4%) 5-20 (25.0%)
Free Throws 12-17 (70.6%) 11-13 (84.6%)
Total Rebounds 45 39
Offensive 9 7
Defensive 24 28
Team 12 4
Assists 8 15
Steals 2 6
Blocks 2 7
Turnovers 9 5
Fouls 15 17
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 13 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Ohio State 18-12 173350
home team logo Northwestern 13-17 284068
Team Stats
away team logo Ohio State 18-12 69.1 PPG 37.5 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo Northwestern 13-17 65.9 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
32
K. Woods G 8.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.5 APG 42.0 FG%
5
D. Pardon C 14.0 PPG 7.8 RPG 1.8 APG 57.1 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Woods G 15 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
D. Pardon C 20 PTS 13 REB 1 AST
26.6 FG% 44.8
15.4 3PT FG% 25.0
70.6 FT% 84.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Woods 15 7 1 5/11 1/3 4/6 3 34 0 0 0 0 7
K. Young 7 4 2 3/5 0/0 1/2 3 26 1 2 3 3 1
J. Ahrens 3 7 0 1/7 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 1 1 6
L. Muhammad 3 4 0 0/4 0/2 3/3 1 29 0 0 2 1 3
A. Wesson 2 1 2 0/8 0/6 2/3 4 30 0 0 1 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Woods 15 7 1 5/11 1/3 4/6 3 34 0 0 0 0 7
K. Young 7 4 2 3/5 0/0 1/2 3 26 1 2 3 3 1
J. Ahrens 3 7 0 1/7 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 1 1 6
L. Muhammad 3 4 0 0/4 0/2 3/3 1 29 0 0 2 1 3
A. Wesson 2 1 2 0/8 0/6 2/3 4 30 0 0 1 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Washington Jr. 11 6 1 4/14 1/7 2/3 2 27 1 0 0 0 6
C. Jackson 9 1 2 4/11 1/4 0/0 0 24 0 0 1 1 0
M. Jallow 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. LeDee 0 3 0 0/4 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 1 2 1
D. Hummer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lane - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Wesson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Hookfin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 50 33 8 17/64 4/26 12/17 15 199 2 2 9 9 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Pardon 20 13 1 8/10 1/1 3/3 2 28 1 1 2 6 7
V. Law 10 6 3 5/10 0/3 0/0 1 34 1 2 0 0 6
A. Gaines 9 5 2 3/11 0/3 3/4 3 27 0 0 1 1 4
M. Kopp 6 1 4 2/7 0/4 2/2 3 26 1 1 0 0 1
R. Taylor 3 1 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Pardon 20 13 1 8/10 1/1 3/3 2 28 1 1 2 6 7
V. Law 10 6 3 5/10 0/3 0/0 1 34 1 2 0 0 6
A. Gaines 9 5 2 3/11 0/3 3/4 3 27 0 0 1 1 4
M. Kopp 6 1 4 2/7 0/4 2/2 3 26 1 1 0 0 1
R. Taylor 3 1 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Turner 10 1 2 4/8 2/4 0/0 1 32 1 0 0 0 1
R. Greer 5 0 0 1/2 1/1 2/2 1 12 1 0 0 0 0
B. Benson 4 3 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 9 1 2 0 0 3
P. Nance 1 1 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 9 0 0 2 0 1
A. Falzon 0 4 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 13 0 1 0 0 4
J. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Malnati - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 35 15 26/58 5/20 11/13 17 200 6 7 5 7 28