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Last-Second Shot Nudges Buckeyes Past Wildcats, 75-73

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Northwestern Wildcats. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Northwestern Wildcats. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Jared Sullinger banked in a turnaround shot with 3.1 seconds left Wednesday night and No. 10 Ohio State recovered after squandering a 13-point second-half lead to beat Northwestern 75-73.

Sullinger’s game-winner completed a 22-point, 18-rebound night for the Buckeyes’ sophomore star.

Northwestern’s Alex Marcotullio tied the game on a 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds to go as the Wildcats went on a late 8-0 run.

But after a timeout, Aaron Craft got the ball to Sullinger and he hit the go-ahead shot from the right of the basket. Northwestern’s John Shurna came down court and threw up a desperation shot that hit the rim at the buzzer.

Ohio State (24-6, 12-5), which had lost three of five, has a chance to tie for the Big Ten title if it can win at No. 5 Michigan State in Sunday’s regular season finale. The Spartans already have at least a share of the championship, despite losing to Indiana on Tuesday night.

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