Kopp scores 23, Northwestern beats No. 23 Ohio State 71-70


By Sarah Trotto - Associated Press



Northwestern forward Miller Kopp (10) drives to the basket as Ohio State forward Kyle Young (25) guards him during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Northwestern forward Miller Kopp (10) drives to the basket as Ohio State forward Kyle Young (25) guards him during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)


Northwestern forward Miller Kopp (10) and forward Pete Nance (22) celebrate their win against Ohio State after an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)


Northwestern forward Pete Nance (22) dunks the ball against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)


EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Miller Kopp scored 23 points, Boo Buie had 14 and Northwestern beat No. 23 Ohio State 71-70 on Saturday.

Pete Nance added 10 points for the Wildcats (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight.

E.J. Liddell led Ohio State (7-2, 1-2) with 15 points. Kyle Young added 14 points and Seth Towns had 11 for the Buckeyes, who had won two straight and four of five.

Northwestern is 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1967-68 season. The Wildcats were 3-17 in the league last season.

The Buckeyes opened the second half on a 13-7 run before Northwestern rallied with a 7-1 run. Ohio State led by seven after halftime, but Northwestern came back with an 11-2 run.

Kopp hit a jumper to pull Northwestern within 66-65 before Chase Audige’s 3 put the Wildcats ahead with 1:48 left. Young’s jumper tied it before Buie’s 3 gave Northwestern a 71-68 lead with 1:04 remaining. Young hit two free throws to bring Ohio State within one with 47 seconds left.

Duane Washington Jr. missed a layup for Ohio State with five seconds left. Buie missed a free throw before Liddell missed a long 3 before the final buzzer.

Northwestern shot 48% from the field to the Buckeyes’ 44%. Ohio State outrebounded the Wildcats 40-26 but made four 3s to Northwestern’s six.

Ohio State scored the first eight points of the game before Northwestern responded with 14-2 run. Kopp scored 12 of Northwestern’s first 14 points and had 14 at halftime. Nance hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds left before halftime to tie it 34-34.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The Buckeyes stumbled after coming off a big victory Wednesday, rallying from a 16-point second-half deficit to upset No. 11 Rutgers 80-68.

Northwestern: The Wildcats are showing promise after going 8-23 last season. Northwestern upset then-No. 4 Michigan State 79-65 on Sunday for its first win over a top-five team since beating Magic Johnson and the fourth-ranked Spartans on Jan. 27, 1979.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Hosts Nebraska on Wednesday.

Northwestern: Visits No. 4 Iowa on Tuesday.

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Northwestern forward Miller Kopp (10) drives to the basket as Ohio State forward Kyle Young (25) guards him during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/12/web1_125983006-c5c4acc6949a412ebd958268e536f658.jpgNorthwestern forward Miller Kopp (10) drives to the basket as Ohio State forward Kyle Young (25) guards him during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Northwestern forward Miller Kopp (10) and forward Pete Nance (22) celebrate their win against Ohio State after an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/12/web1_125983006-925dc0c09041423bb78d326da8473806.jpgNorthwestern forward Miller Kopp (10) and forward Pete Nance (22) celebrate their win against Ohio State after an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Northwestern forward Pete Nance (22) dunks the ball against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/12/web1_125983006-57b138eeec864cccb2ba91f4e156dbbb.jpgNorthwestern forward Pete Nance (22) dunks the ball against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)

By Sarah Trotto

Associated Press