Men's Basketball

Ohio State Wins Close Game At Indiana, 55-52

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — In a game where both of these teams desperately needed a win to help bolster their NCAA Tournament hopes, Ohio State pulled out a close victory.

It was a hard-fought battle till the very end, but the Buckeyes finished off the Hoosiers on the road, 55-52, to get back to .500 in Big Ten play.

 

Game Recap

Both teams started out stale offensively in the first few minutes, but Ohio State managed to go on a short 9-0 scoring burst to take an 11-2 lead over Indiana just five minutes into the game.

However, the Hoosiers would come charging back as Indiana guard Romeo Langford made a personal 7-0 scoring run with a three and back-to-back steals and scores to cut the Ohio State lead to 11-9 with 11:54 left in the first half.

Ohio State kept Indiana in the game at halftime as the Buckeyes took just a 23-21 lead at the half due to the Hoosiers scoring eleven points off of nine Buckeye turnovers. It wasn’t an exciting half offensively either as both teams shot under 40% from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Indiana immediately tied the game at 23 out of the half on a steal and score by IU guard Justin Smith, but Ohio State would go on a quick 7-0 scoring run over the next 1:14 to take back a 30-23 lead just two minutes into the second half.

Ohio State continued to hold a four to nine-point lead for the next 12:24 before Indiana finally cut Ohio State’s lead to three points and eventually tied the game at 47 with 4:54 left in the game on three straight three pointers.

Both Indiana and Ohio State were tied at 52 with less than a minute to go before Andre Wesson found a gap for what would be the game-winning dunk. A Luther Muhammad free throw would seal the victory for Ohio State as the Buckeyes finished off the Hoosiers, 55-52.

 

Final Stats

Andre Wesson was the hero of the game as, on top of the game-winning dunk, he finished with a game-high 15 points and also recorded four rebounds and two steals.

Once again, ball control and movement was a dangerous problem for the Buckeyes as Ohio State turned the ball over a whopping 15 times in the win at Indiana.

 

With the victory, Ohio State moves to 16-7 on the season and get back 6to .500 in Big Ten play with a 6-6 conference record.

Ohio State will be back at home this Thursday, February 14th for a Valentine’s Day showdown against Illinois. Tip-off on Thursday is scheduled for 7:00pm ET at Value City Arena and the game will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN 2.

 

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