Friday B1G hoops roundup: Buckeyes remain perfect

The Big Ten went 1-1 in Friday night’s conference hoops action, highlighted by Ohio State’s 71-31 blowout win over Louisiana-Monroe. With the victory, Ohio State finished the non-conference season with a perfect 13-0 record. Northwestern fell to DePaul 57-56 on a last second buzzer-beater in the other Big Ten game on Friday night.

Catch up on all the stats, scores and select video highlights in this post.

OHIO STATE 71, LA-MONROE 31 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY

(AP) Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points and LaQuinton Ross added 15 to lead No. 3 Ohio State past Louisiana at Monroe 71-31 on Friday night. Amedeo Della Valle chipped in with 14 points for the Buckeyes (13-0), who have won their first 13 games in a season for the fifth time in school history (1961, `62, `91 and 2011).

DEPAUL 57, NORTHWESTERN 56 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY

(AP) Billy Garrett Jr. scored the game-winning basket as time expired and DePaul beat Northwestern 57-56 on Friday night. Sandi Marcius finished with 12 points and Cleveland Melvin added 11 for DePaul (8-5).

Originally from Farmington Hills, MI, I have worked at the Big Ten Network since 2012 and took over my role as web editor and blogger in August, 2013. Follow me on twitter for constant Big Ten updates @srmerriman. Thanks and enjoy!!

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