Reggie Hearn struggled in his last two games, shooting poorly against Michigan and Nebraska.|
Hearn got into a rhythm early Saturday and gained confidence in his shot. He erupted for a career-high 26 points to lead Northwestern to a 75-60 victory over Purdue.
Jared Swopshire and Dave Sobolewski each added 13 points for the Wildcats (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten), who scored the game's first 12 points and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Boilermakers.
Purdue freshman center A.J. Hammons didn't start because he was late for the team bus from West Lafayette, Ind., according to a team spokesman. Hammons did lead the Boilermakers (11-11, 4-5) with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
On Wednesday, Hammons had 30 points, his highest total of the season, in a loss to No. 3 Indiana.
Travis Carroll started in Hammons' place, and Hammons entered with 16:44 to play in the first half. The Boilermakers scored their first points with 15:59 left on a Hammons tip-in to cut the lead to 12-2.
"He didn't have anything to do with being down 12-0 because he wasn't in the game," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "It sure doesn't help.
"You'd like to have that, but putting it on him, we have to get better guard play."
No. 11 Ohio State 63, Nebraska 56:Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 21 points and Ohio State held off a late Nebraska surge.
The Cornhuskers (11-12, 2-8 Big Ten) went on a 15-5 run and cut Ohio State's lead to 58-53 on David Rivers' free throws with 2:40 remaining. Following three Nebraska misses, Aaron Craft hit a pair of free throws with 56 seconds left to put the Buckeyes (17-4, 7-2 Big Ten) up seven.
Ohio State won the game at the free throw line. The Buckeyes made 23 of 28, including all 10 of their first-half attempts. Nebraska was just 4 of 5 from the line.
Ohio State won its third straight game and seventh in a row against Nebraska, including all four since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten. The Buckeyes travel to No. 1 Michigan on Tuesday.
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