COL BKB: Ohio State 87, Northwestern 54

Dec. 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- William Buford pumped in 28 points Wednesday and second-ranked Ohio State opened its Big Ten conference season with an 87-54 rout of Northwestern.

Buford grabbed nine rebounds while Jared Sullinger had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Buckeyes (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who began their quest for a third straight conference title with a 34th straight home win.

Deshaun Thomas had 16 points and Jordan Sibert scored 12 for Ohio State.

Top scorers Drew Crawford and John Shurna combined for a total of 24 points for the Wildcats (10-3, 0-1) -- going just 2-for-8 from 3-point range.

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