EVANSTON, Ill. — Jared Sullinger hit the second of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left Saturday and No. 1 Ohio State overcame a rally to beat Northwestern 58-57, the unbeaten Buckeyes' 22nd straight victory.
Sullinger finished with 21 points and Aaron Craft had 13 for Ohio State.
Leading by two at the half, Ohio State (22-0, 9-0 Big Ten) pulled out to a 13-point lead in the second half. But Northwestern, playing without leading scorer John Shurna (concussion), came back behind guard Michael Thompson, who led the Wildcats with 16 points, 13 in the second half.
With the score tied, Ohio State's David Lighty stole a pass with 17 seconds to go. After Sullinger's free throw with 3.5 seconds left, the Buckeyes double-teamed Thompson and Drew Crawford missed badly from near midcourt.
"I love games like this," Sullinger said. "I'm sorry Buckeyes fans, but I love close games."
Northwestern (13-8, 3-7) is 0-16 against top-ranked teams.
"Disappointing as hell," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said of not getting a better final shot.
No. 2 Pitt 65, Rutgers 62: Ashton Gibbs scored 24 and the visiting Panthers (20-2, 8-1 Big East) scored 12 of their last 15 points on free throws. Pitt had one field goal in the final 7:03 — a 25-foot 3-pointer by Gibbs with 55 seconds to play.
no. 23 louisville 79, no. 5 uconn 78, 2OT: Peyton Siva scored 19, making two driving layups in the second overtime as the visiting Cardinals (17-4, 6-2) took sole possession of second in the Big East. "We don't have no superstars. … We know anybody can take that last shot," Siva said. Kemba Walker missed a jumper at the end of regulation and a 3-pointer at the end of the second OT for the Huskies (17-3, 5-3).
No. 6 Kansas 90, K-state 66: Thomas Robinson had 17 points and nine rebounds for the host Jayhawks (20-1, 5-1 Big 12). Curtis Kelly, one of Kansas State's top players, sat out. "Next question," coach Frank Martin said when asked for a reason.
No. 7 Texas 71, No. 11 Missouri 58: Jordan Hamilton had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the host Longhorns (18-3, 6-0), who snapped a three-game losing streak to the Tigers (17-4, 3-3).
No. 21 Georgetown 69, No. 8 'nova 66: Austin Freeman scored 10 of the visiting Hoyas' (16-5, 5-4 Big East) final 12 points and totaled 30. The Wildcats (17-4, 5-3) got within one three times in the final 1:15, and each time Freeman got the Hoyas' lead back to three.
Marquette 76, No. 9 Syracuse 70: Jae Crowder scored 13 of his 25 in the second half, and the host Golden Eagles sent the Orange (18-4, 5-4 Big East) to its first four-game losing streak since Jan. 16-29, 2006.
New Mexico 86, No. 9 BYU 77: Freshman Tony Snell had a strong defensive effort in the first half against Jimmer Fredette, helping to end the visiting Cougars' (20-2, 6-1 Mountain West) 10-game winning streak. Fredette scored 32 but was held to five in the first 17 minutes and shot 12-of-26 overall. Seven rows of seating collapsed, apparently because students were jumping on them. No injuries were reported.
No. 12 Purdue 73, No. 16 Minnesota 61: JaJuan Johnson scored 24 for the host Boilermakers (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten), his sixth straight game with at least 20 points. Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (16-5, 5-4).
Nebraska 57, No. 13 Texas A&M 48: The Cornhuskers held the Aggies (17-3, 4-2 Big 12) to two field goals over the final 10 minutes in a matchup of the league's top defensive teams. Nebraska is 14-0 at home.
no. 14 kentucky 66, UGA 60: Doron Lamb scored 19, hitting two late shots to end a Bulldogs rally, and the Wildcats (16-4, 4-2 SEC) won for the 29th straight time at Rupp Arena. Georgia forward Trey Thompkins shot 2-of-10 for nine points.
Penn St. 56, No. 17 Wisconsin 52: Talor Battle scored 20 of his 22 after halftime and the host Nittany Lions overcome an early 13-point deficit to beat the Badgers (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten) for the first time since 2003.
Arkansas 89, No. 19 VandY 78: Rotnei Clarke scored a season-high 36 as the Razorbacks sent the Commodores (15-5, 3-3 SEC) to their first home loss.
UNC 84, N.C. STATE 64: Former Sickles standout John Henson had 16 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks for the host Tar Heels, who beat the Wolfpack for the ninth straight time. Henson was motivated by talk on a radio show that North Carolina's big men were soft.