D.J. Carton scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, helping the Buckeyes hold off lowly Northwestern for a sorely needed 71-59 win.

Justin Ahrens made four 3-pointers and scored 12 points for Ohio State (13-7, 3-6 Big Ten). Kaleb Wesson had 11 points and nine rebounds, and his brother Andre also scored 11 points.

Led by Carton and Ahrens, the Buckeyes enjoyed a 39-10 advantage in points by reserves. Carton said the team has stayed positive despite its recent trouble.