Sunday, February 22, 2004

Hoosiers can't stop Buckeyes' inside game

Ohio State 59, Indiana 56

The Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - J.J. Sullinger hit a short baseline jumper 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 home loss.

A.J. Moye had a chance to put the Indiana ahead, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key was off the mark. Terence Dials got the rebound and hit one of two free throws to increase the Buckeyes' lead to three points.

Bracey Wright then missed a desperation heave from halfcourt at the buzzer for the Hoosiers, who have lost six of their last seven games.

Velimir Radinovic scored 19 of his career-high 23 points in the second half as the Hoosiers again were dominated inside.

"We haven't stopped anyone in the paint all year," Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "Everybody we play will have a career night against us in the post."

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.

"We knew we had the advantage," Dials said. "Velimir just had an awesome game and I played well in the first half. He played his best game ever; when you have that combination, it's going to be tough to stop us."

Dials and Radinovic overpowered George Leach and A.J. Moye down low, creating second chances for themselves and their teammates.

Marshall Strickland led Indiana (12-12, 6-7) with 13 points and George Leach scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

Leach made two free throws to give Indiana a 49-48 lead with 4:37 to play. Leach followed that up with a baby hook on the next possession for a three-point IU lead.

Wright, who scored just nine points on 1-of-12 shooting, hit two free throws to give Indiana a 53-50 lead with just less than three minutes to play.

Radinovic hit two jumpers and Dials added another before Sullinger's big shot gave Ohio State the lead.

OHIO ST. (12-13)-Harris 0-2 0-0 0, T. Dials 7-14 2-4 16, Radinovic 10-14 3-3 23, Stockman 2-9 0-0 5, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Sullinger 3-6 1-1 7, Fuss-Cheatham 1-2 0-0 3, Billings 1-2 0-0 3, Jenkins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-50 6-8 59.

INDIANA (12-12)-Moye 5-11 0-0 10, Leach 2-5 7-8 11, Wright 1-12, 6-6 9, Wilmont 0-3 0-0 0, Strickland 5-11 0-0 13, Ewing 2-5 0-2 4, Perry 2-5 0-0 5, Tapak 1-2 1-2 4. Totals 18-54 14-18 56.

Halftime-Ohio St. 23, Indiana 21. 3-Point Goals-Ohio St. 3-13 (Stockman 1-6, Fuss-Cheatham 1-2, Billings 1-2 Harris 0-1, Sullinger 0-2), Indiana 6-22 (Strickland 3-7, Wright 1-6, Perry 1-3, Tapak 1-2, Wilmont 0-3, Moye 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Ohio St. 34 (Dials, Radinovic 10), Indiana 29 (Moye 8). Assists-Ohio St. 9 (Fuss-Cheatham, Billings 2), Indiana 8 (Perry 4). Total fouls-Ohio St. 14, Indiana 12. A-17,093.

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