Indiana 59 Ohio State 53: D.J. White Dominates the Buckeyes

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Indiana 59 Ohio State 53: D.J. White Dominates the Buckeyes
DJ White, the BigTen leader in rebounds with 10.6 a game, was a superstar in Columbus, Ohio. White had 21 points and 13 rebounds and did not leave the floor the entire game.  In the first half alone White had 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

Indiana (20-3, 9-1) started the game on an 8-2 run and forced the Buckeyes to take an early time out at the 16:51 mark of the first half. White put back dunk and two three pointers by Eric Gordon, the Big Ten leading scorer, got the two Indiana stars on track early. 

Ohio State (16-8, 7-4) fought back with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 14-12 lead at the 10:00 minute mark.  The 14-12 lead was the last time Ohio State would lead the rest of the game. 

The crowd was rocking in Columbus and the cold start by Ohio State seemed to be forgotten.  Indiana was not fazed by the crowd and quickly answered with a 7-0 run on layups by White and Ellis and a three pointer by Gordon to go back up 19-14. 

Indiana went on a 17-7 run to end the half. White capped the run with another offensive rebound and put back as the half came to a close.  Indiana led at the half 29-21 behind the play of White and Gordon.  Indiana also took advantage of Ohio State’s five turnovers in the first half with 12 points off turnovers.  Ohio State only had two points off turnovers in the first half. 

Kosta Koufos led the Buckeyes in the first half with eight points and six rebounds. 

Ohio State got the crowd going early in the second half with a 7-2 run, forcing Indiana to take a timeout at the 18:04 mark and only trailed 31-28 after getting dominated in the first half.  Ohio State had several chances to take the lead before the first TV timeout and failed to take advantage of the four minute scoring drought by the Hoosiers. 

A Gordon scoop through the lane and another basket by White in the paint put the Hoosiers up 35-29 and Indiana took control of the game.  A Bassett 3 pointer put the Hoosiers up 38-29 at the 13:51 mark and Ohio State was forced to take a time out. 

With just under eight minutes to go, the Buckeyes got back in the game with two 3's by Diebler and a three by Koufos at the top of the arc.  Both Koufos and Diebler also added two layups to close the margin to 46-42.  Ohio State had three possessions to cut into the lead and could only manage to get one point on a Turner free throw at the 5:45 mark.  That was the closest Ohio State would get the rest of the game.

A White slam over Koufos and a converted three point play put Indiana back in control, 49-43.  The free throw by White was Indiana’s first free throw attempt of the game.  Indiana was 7-7 from the charity stripe for the game.  Many of the free throws came at the end of the game when Ohio State was trying to extend the game.

Ohio State’s inability to hit open shots was ultimately their demise.  Butler, Lighty, and Eric Turner were a combined 1-12 from 3 point range.  Overall the trio was a combined 4-20 from the field.

Kosta Koufos had a good game for the Buckeyes with 18 points and nine rebounds.  Jon Diebler also played well for the second consecutive game with 14 points.   

The loss by the Buckeyes snaps a 19 game winning streak over Big Ten opponents at Value City Arena.  The last time the Buckeyes lost a Big Ten game at home was Jan. 15th, 2006, a double overtime loss to Michigan State, 62-59. 

Ohio State is 1-6 against ranked opponents this season and has some work to do if they want to be invited to the NCAA Tournament. 

After the game a dejected Thad Matta said, “We just didn’t have what we needed against a team like Indiana.  They are a great team.  We weren’t capable of making plays that we needed to make.  We played better the second half but it wasn’t enough.”

Ohio State heads back on the road against Northwestern on Wednesday (9pm ET, BTN).  They finish the week at Michigan on Sunday (1pm ET, CBS).

Indiana hosts Wisconsin on Wednesday (7pm ET, BTN).  They also host Michigan State on Saturday night (9pm ET, ESPN). 

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