Ohio State 59, Indiana 56
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)—J.J. Sullinger hit a short jumper from the baseline with 17 seconds to play to lift Ohio State to a 59-56 win over Indiana on Saturday night, dealing the Hoosiers their fourth straight loss at home.
A.J. Moye had a chance to put the Hoosiers ahead, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key was off the mark, and Terence Dials corralled the rebound and hit one free throw.
Bracey Wright then missed a desperation heave from halfcourt at the buzzer for the Hoosiers, who have lost six of their last seven and were booed by the home crowd as time ran out.
Velimir Radinovic scored 19 of his career-high 23 points in the second half, as the Hoosiers were again dominated inside. Radinovic added 10 rebounds and Dials had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes (12-13, 4-8 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Indiana (12-12, 6-7) was outrebounded 34-29 and shot just 33 percent for the game.
In what has become a recurring theme this year, the Hoosiers had no answer for the opposing front line. In Wednesday’s devastating home loss to last-place Minnesota, Kris Humphries scored 36 points to carry the Gophers to the win.
It was no different on Saturday. Dials and Radinovic overpowered George Leach and A.J. Moye down low, creating second chances for themselves and their teammates.
Marshall Strickland led Indiana with 13 points and George Leach scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
Coming off a 26-point game against Minnesota, Leach was nonexistent in the first half after going to the bench with two fouls less than eight minutes into the game.
But Leach’s two free throws gave Indiana a 49-48 lead with 4:37 to play. He followed that up with a baby hook shot on the next possession for a three-point lead, whipping the home crowd into a frenzy.
Indiana appeared on its way to a win after Wright, who scored just nine points on 1-of-12 shooting, hit two free throws for a 53-50 lead with just under three minutes to play.
Radinovic, who towered over the soft Hoosier post, hit two jumpers and Dials added another before Sullinger’s big shot.
Ohio State shot 63 percent in the second half.
Moye scored 10 and had eight rebounds for Indiana, which sorely missed Sean Kline, who was out with a knee injury. Kline’s absence forced the 6-foot-2 Moye to battle the 7-foot Radinovic for most of the night, and he was no match.
Officials were uncertain if Moye would be available for the game after his aunt and 9-year-old cousin died in a house fire in the Atlanta area on Thursday.