Ohio State forward DeShaun Thomas (1) drives to the basket against Northwestern center Alex Olah during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Ohio State won 63-53. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Lenzelle Smith scored a season-high 24 points, Deshaun Thomas added 19 and No. 16 Ohio State used a late run to beat Northwestern 63-53 on Thursday night.