Coifs leads Ohio State to 65-47 win over Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP)—Kosta Koufos scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Jamar Butler set the school’s all-time assist record, and Ohio State beat Northwestern 65-47 for a much-needed victory on Wednesday night.
With their NCAA hopes in doubt after reaching the finals last year, the Buckeyes (17-8, 8-4 Big Ten) could not afford a letdown after losing two of their previous three games. The defending Big Ten champions went on a 19-4 run in the second half to give coach Thad Matta his 200th career win and put away a team that is still searching for its first conference victory.
Butler had 12 points and six assists, giving him 517—one more than former record holder Kelvin Ransey.
Othello Hunter, who scored 14 points, started the decisive run with a basket down low and a dunk that turned a one-point lead into a 39-34 advantage with 12:40 left. Jon Diebler scored six of his nine points during that stretch, including a 3-pointer that made it 54-38 with just over five minutes remaining. And Evan Turner had five of his 10 during that run.
Craig Moore scored 15 for Northwestern (7-15, 0-11), but it wasn’t enough to snap the Wildcats’ 16 game conference losing streak—not counting a loss to Michigan State in last year’s tournament.