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                === Thomas helps Buckeyes take down Wildcats ===
 
 Columbus,  OH  (Sports Network) - Deshaun  Thomas recorded 22 points and seven
 rebounds  to lead  No. 13  Ohio  State to  a  69-59 win  over Northwestern  on
 Thursday.
 
 Thomas  shot just  6-for-17 from the field  and didn't make any of his five 3-
 point  attempts.  However, he was  10-for-12 from the  free throw line for the
 Buckeyes  (18-6, 8-4  Big Ten), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Lenzelle
 Smith  Jr.  had 12 points and  six rebounds, while Amir Williams registered 10
 points and eight rebounds.
 
 "I  give  a lot  of credit to  Northwestern," said Ohio  State head coach Thad
 Matta.  "They made shots  that were difficult and in the first half we weren't
 challenging baskets, which we paid for."
 
 Tre  Demps scored  16 points for the  Wildcats (13-12, 4-8), who have lost two
 straight  and four  of their past five games. Kale Abrahamson and Reggie Hearn
 scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.
 
 "We  didn't really know what to expect coming through the door, but I'm really
 proud of the way the guys compete," said Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody.
 "They played hard and executed what we had in mind. You don't want to lose but
 I thought that they really did a nice job."
 
 Down 48-43 with 8:51 left to play, Thomas threw down a monster dunk, the first
 of nine points he would score over the next three minutes.
 
 Down  51-49  with 5:51 remaining  in regulation,  Shannon Scott fired a three-
 pointer to give the Buckeyes a 52-51 edge.
 
 Abrahamson then converted a three-point play to take back the lead, but Thomas
 responded back with a three-point play of his own.
 
 With  the score  tied, 57-57,  a  Thomas jumper  started  a 10-0  run for  the
 Buckeyes.  Sam Thompson  made two consecutive dunks  to cap the swing  and the
 Buckeyes put the game out of reach, 67-57, with 32 seconds left.
 
 Northwestern had a strong start offensively. After Ohio State scored the first
 four  points of the  game, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run to give them a 10-4
 advantage.
 
 At  the  7:25 mark, Northwestern's  lead was 22-16. However,  a 7-0 run by the
 Buckeyes gave them a one-point lead with 4:34 remaining.
 
 A  dunk  by Williams extended  the lead  to three late  in the half, but Demps
 made a 3-pointer with one second to go and tied the game at 30-30 at halftime.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Ohio  State  is 112-45 all-time  against Northwestern, including 66-14 at home
 ...  The last  time Northwestern  beat  Ohio State  on  the road  was on  Feb.
 24, 1977.
 
 
 02/14 22:22:19 ET

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