Mike Wolf, BTN volleyball announcer, February 29, 2012
No. 11 Ohio State beat Northwestern in the final seconds (recap) and Purdue dropped Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. In other action, Iowa took down Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get immediate halftime and final recaps in this post.
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FINAL: Robbie Hummel scored 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists as Purdue defeated Penn State 80-56 on Wednesday at Mackey Arena. Lewis Jackson also had a good game, with 12 points, three rebounds and five assists, all while going 6-of-6 from the field. Purdue trailed 30-29 late in the first, but a 19-2 run allowed it to take a 16-point lead early in the second half. The Boilermakers hit 57 percent of their field goals (27-of-47). Purdue also got double-digit contributions from Terone Johnson, who scored 13 and D.J. Byrd, who scored 14. Tim Frazier contributed 24 points, corralled five rebounds, had six assists, and made 10-of-16 shots from the floor for Penn State (12-18). The Nittany Lions also got a double-digit contribution from Jermaine Marshall, who scored 10.
HALFTIME: Tim Frazier is doing all he can, but Penn State is down 37-32 to Purdue as the teams head to halftime. In the first 20 minutes, Frazier scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, had four assists, and shot 6-of-7 from the field. Robbie Hummel led the way for the Boilermakers, with 17 points and four rebounds. Each team took a turn in the driver's seat as the lead changed hands six times. Purdue shot 9-of-12 free throws in the first 20 minutes. Purdue moved the ball in the first half, accounting for nine assists on 12 field goals. Penn State made 10 of 14 two-point shots in the first half and shot 3-of-9 from beyond the arc.
FINAL: Jared Sullinger scored 22, grabbed 18 rebounds and handed out three assists to help No. 11 Ohio State past Northwestern 75-73 on Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Deshaun Thomas added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Northwestern (17-12) can look to its performance from the charity stripe as one of the factors in the loss, as the Wildcats shot 62 percent (8-of-13) from the line. Aaron Craft was 5-of-7 from the floor and chipped in 14 points for the Buckeyes. Ohio State shot 50 percent from the field (29-of-58) and grabbed 18 offensive boards. Drew Crawford contributed 23 points, hauled in four rebounds, had three assists and shot 9-of-11 from the field for Northwestern. Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for Ohio State as it grabbed 42 rebounds to 16 for Northwestern.
HALFTIME: Jared Sullinger scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds for No. 11 Ohio State as the Buckeyes lead Northwestern 39-29 at the half. Deshaun Thomas also had a good half, with 12 points and six rebounds. Ohio State is dominating the rebounding battle so far, with a 21-3 margin. The Buckeyes didn't trail once in the first half and led by as many as 13 points. The Wildcats made it rain from long range, shooting 44 percent (7-of-16) from three-point land. The long-distance game has been bottled up for Ohio State, who made 2-of-7 from beyond the arc in the first half, while shooting 70 percent (14-of-20) on two-point shots. John Shurna is putting together a nice game so far for the Wildcats, with 13 points.
FINAL: Iowa beat Nebraska 62-53 on Wednesday at Bob Devaney Sports Center. Bryce Cartwright sparked Iowa (16-14), as he scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out five assists, and made 5-of-9 shots from the floor. Josh Oglesby shot 3-of-5 from the field and scored eight points for the Hawkeyes. Iowa was hot from long range, hitting 8-of-20 threes (40 percent). The Hawkeyes shared the ball to the tune of 14 assists on 22 baskets. More Iowa scoring came from Matt Gatens (16) and Roy Devyn Marble (11). Brandon Ubel contributed 17 points, yanked down seven rebounds, and went 7-of-7 from the field for Nebraska (12-16). The Cornhuskers had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 37 percent (19-of-52) from the field. Nebraska also got double-digit contributions from Caleb Walker (15) and Bo Spencer (10).
HALFTIME: There were no free points for Nebraska, as Iowa clamped down defensively to hold the Cornhuskers to 28 percent shooting in the first half and has a 23-19 lead going into the break. Aaron White paces the Hawkeyes with eight points, plus he added four rebounds. Neither team has been able to take control of the game as the lead changed hands five times. Nebraska's leading scorer, Bo Spencer, has been shut down thus far. Sitting with three points, the senior is far below his 15.1 per game average this year. The Cornhuskers distributed the ball well, with five assists on eight field goals in the first half. Iowa shot 53 percent in the first half on two-point field goals. The Cornhuskers' Brandon Ubel already has eight points and three rebounds.
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