COLUMBUS, Ohio – Top scorer LaQuinton Ross will be in the lineup when the Buckeyes travel to Minnesota Saturday after he was ejected from Wednesday night’s game with Northwestern, but not suspended by the Big Ten.
Ross scored 16 points before being tossed after a scuffle, leading No. 24 Ohio State to a 76-60 victory over the Wildcats.
The scuffle late in the game delayed play for several minutes while the officials deliberated penalties for the players. Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina also was ejected from the game and the teams shot 10 free throws as a result of the shoving match.
Cerina, Ross and the Buckeyes’ Amir Williams were all part of the scrum, which happened with 5:24 left in the game. Cerina was called for a contact foul and technical foul, was ejected and suspended for one game for taking “a swing with a closed fist or closed hand” at Williams. That is defined as fighting by Big Ten rules, conference lead official Ray Perone said in a statement.
Ross was ejected from the game for two deadball contact technical fouls during the set-to but was not suspended, Perone said
The victory was Ohio State’s 33rd consecutive win over Northwestern in Columbus, dating to an 83-72 loss on Feb. 24, 1977, at old St. John Arena.
Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each added 14 points for Ohio State. Sam Thompson, who had not hit double figures in his last eight games, had 11 for the Buckeyes (21-6, 8-6), who have won five of their last six.
Drew Crawford scored 22 points and Tre Demps 14 for the Wildcats (12-15, 5-9), who have lost four in a row.