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Northwestern-Ohio State Player Grades: Lindsey stands out in a disappointing loss

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Northwestern's second half struggles hurt grades across the board.

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Northwestern led for much of the game against Ohio State, but ran into a wall when Ohio State switched to a fullcourt press. Here's how the individuals graded out.

Bryant McIntosh: B+

39 minutes, 14 points, 5 of 13 (4 of 10 from three), 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steals

McIntosh played better in his second attempt against Ohio State this season. He ended up with 14 points, 6 assists and 4 three-pointers. However, McIntosh struggled late in the second half against Ohio State's fullcourt press and improved defense. After hitting two three-pointers to start the quarter, McIntosh scored two points in the final 10 minutes of the game and had trouble moving the ball up the court against Ohio State. He had some very nice passes in the second half, but Northwestern's collapse at the end of the game drops McIntosh to a B+. McIntosh also did not attempt a free throw in this game, which is very concerning.

Tre Demps: B-

39 minutes, 14 points, 3 of 13 (3 of 7 from three), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals

Demps was on his way to a solid grade after hitting a three to start the game and helping Northwestern build a large lead early in the second half. However, he suddenly turned into bad Tre Demps when Ohio State went into its fullcourt press. He had two terrible turnovers and went cold down of the game. While Demps hit a tough three to keep the game close, his late-game performance also dropped his grade. Demps and McIntosh deserve credit for playing hard the entire game, but they did look half a step slow by the end of the game.

Aaron Falzon: B

24 minutes, 9 points , 3 of 7 (2 of 6 from three), 5 rebounds, 1 assist

Falzon had another average game. His defense and rebounding looked good against Ohio State and he hit two three-pointers, but overall he was fairly nondescript. Falzon also missed a wide-open three-pointer that could have kept Northwestern close at the end of the game.

Sanjay Lumpkin: D

20 minutes, 0 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists

Unfortunately for Northwestern, Lumpkin did not look like he belonged on the court at times. Trevor Thomspon and Ja'Sean Tate were able to get past him on defense and Lumpkin went scoreless from the field without a single shot attempt or free throw, despite playing 20 minutes. Lumpkin also had one of the most obvious offensive fouls you'll ever see in the first half. Lumpkin managed to get four rebounds, but that's about it. He also looked better within the zone during the first half, but he was the weak link in the second half. It wasn't a good performance for Northwestern's glue guy.

Dererk Pardon: D-

17 minutes, 0 points, 0 of 2, 2 rebounds

Pardon's return to Ohio did not go according to plan. He started the game, but he quickly picked up three fouls and was ineffective on offense. Ohio State's length was a bad matchup for Pardon, as he did not make any impact in the paint, whether it was on the glass or scoring. Pardon only had two rebounds, a far cry from the 14 he had in the first Ohio State game.

Scottie Lindsey: A

19 minutes, 10 points, 4 of 6 (2 of 2 from three), 1 rebound, 1 assist

Scottie Lindsey played his second-best game in conference play off the bench against Ohio State. He scored efficiently and hit his open shots, did not get embarrassed on defense and provided some crucial bench points to keep Northwestern in the game during the second half. He also didn't turn the ball over. Lindsey has been inconsistent this season, but his last few games have been a good sign of development and a strong response from his benching against Michigan State.

Alex Olah: C+

22 minutes, 11 points, 4 of 9 (1 of 2 from three), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

There were times when Olah looked completely out of it on offense in this game, but that obscured a decent performance from Northwestern's senior center. While his post work has been missing ever since his foot injury, he did pull down nine rebounds and was able to score 11 points (although three of those came on a meaningless banked-in three-pointer). It certainly wasn't the Alex Olah of old, but he was not as bad as you think. His one-on-one post defense — never one of his strengths — has really deteriorated due to the injury.

Gavin Skelly: B+

19 minutes, 3 points, 3 of 4 free throws, 7 rebounds

Gavin Skelly seems out to prove that he should be getting more minutes. He played very well in the first half, scoring all three of his points and picking up a few gritty rebounds. He went to the line twice and was doing what he could in limited minutes. However, Skelly stopped playing well in the second half and did not make a positive impact. He did make one terrible pass against Ohio State's fullcourt press that led to a turnover. Ultimately, his second half drops him out of the "A" range, but two of Northwestern's three main bench players performed their tasks.

Joey van Zegeren: C

2 minutes, 2 points, 1 of 2

van Zegeren's minutes continue to dwindle, but he did score two points on a tip in off his own miss.

Nate Taphorn, Jordan Ash, Charlie Hall: N/A

None of the these players played in this game. Taphorn seems to have lost out to Skelly for a spot in the rotation.