Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/29/12

Jared Sullinger can officially change his Facebook status back to “engaged”. After an aloof showing against the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, Sullinger finished a wild end-game sequence by converting the game-winning bucket with 3.1 seconds remaining as Aaron Craft pushed the ball two-thirds of the way up the right side of the court, lofted a pass to Sullinger, and Sully finished over the top of a pair of frantic Wildcats, capturing this one for the Buckeyes 75-73 in Evanston. The Buckeye big posted 22 points and added 18 rebounds (11 on the offensive end). The Buckeyes nearly gave this game away as they led by 11 with 6:31 to play. Northwestern put up a valiant effort with Drew Crawford’s 23 and John Shurna’s 22 point efforts. Shurna got a desperation three off inside halfcourt that drew front iron as the clock expired with the Wildcats out of timeouts. With the win, the Ohio State Buckeyes can capture a share of the Big Ten regular season title by winning on Sunday afternoon. The problem? They go into the hostile Breslin Center to take on the fifth-ranked and already Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans.

 

 Ohio St. Name FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast PF Pts William Buford 3-12 0-5 0-0 2 5 4 3 6 Aaron Craft 5-7 4-5 0-0 0 1 2 2 14 Shannon Scott 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 2 0 Lenzelle Smith, Jr. 4-9 0-3 4-7 1 3 6 3 12 Jared Sullinger 8-16 0-0 6-8 11 18 3 3 22 Deshaun Thomas 8-15 2-5 1-1 4 9 2 2 19 Sam Thompson 1-3 0-2 0-1 0 1 1 2 2 Amir Williams 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Totals 29-63 6-21 11-17 17 33 20 17 75 Percentages .460 .286 .647  Northwestern Name FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast PF Pts JerShon Cobb 1-4 1-3 3-4 0 3 1 0 6 Drew Crawford 9-12 4-7 1-6 0 2 3 2 23 Davide Curletti 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 4 3 3 2 Reggie Hearn 4-9 1-3 0-0 0 0 5 4 9 Alex Marcotullio 2-5 2-4 0-0 0 0 3 3 6 John Shurna 7-22 4-11 4-4 2 2 3 2 22 Dave Sobolewski 2-4 1-3 0-0 0 0 3 1 5 Totals 26-61 13-31 8-14 3 11 21 15 73 Percentages .426 .419 .571 Game Info Technical Fouls: None Arena: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, IL
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