COLUMBUS - Jamar Butler did not contribute in the points column but the senior guard was still a force in Ohio States 62-51 win over Northwestern Sunday afternoon.
Butler followed a career-best 32 points in Thursdays win at Illinois by missing all seven field goals for no points but he had a game-high 11 assists - including a pair of spectacular alley-oops - and a career-high 10 rebounds.
“He showed he can hurt you in a lot of different ways,” Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. “He was content to run the team. It was an impressive performance.”
Freshman center Kosta Koufos did the scoring from the inside in the first half and freshman guard Jon Diebler got the points from the outside in the second for the Buckeyes in their Big Ten home opener.
Koufos scored all but two of his game-high 17 points before intermission to help the Buckeyes (11-3, 2-0) to a 12-point halftime lead, 37-25. Diebler scored 10 of his 15, including three 3-pointers, in the second half. Evan Turner added 16 points overall.
Craig Moore led the Wildcats (5-6, 0-2) with 16 points while Kevin Coble added 11 and Michael Thompson had 10.