BLOOMINGTON – Indiana made it 2 for 2 against the nation’s top two teams.
Victor Oladipo scored the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds remaining and the No. 13 Hoosiers knocked off No. 2 Ohio State 74-70 Saturday at a sold out Assembly Hall.
Jordan Hulls led IU (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) 17 points. The Hoosiers defeated then No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 10.
Oladipo added 15 points. Aaron Craft led Ohio State with 16 points.
Indiana led by one at halftime, but Cody Zeller ran into quick foul trouble. He was whistled for two fouls in the first minute of the second half – his second and third - and went to the bench with 19:06 to go.
The teams then traded the lead three times in the first five minutes. Jared Sullinger scored inside to give Ohio State a 40-39 lead with 16:38 to go.
Zeller returned at the 9:38. He then got fouled and made two free throws to tie the game at 51 with 9:27 to go.
Zeller scored with 2:52 to give IU a 67-65 lead. Sullinger answered with a basket while getting fouled by Zeller, his fifth. He added the free throw to give the Buckeyes the 68-67 lead.
Verdell Jones III and Deshaun Thomas traded jumpers. Thomas, a Bishop Luers graduate, gave the Buckeyes a 70-69 lead. It remained that way until Jones stole the ball and got it to Hulls, who passed ahead to Oladipo for the go-ahead layup.
It was all Ohio State early.
Ohio State used a 10-2 run to build a 17-7 lead. William Buford had four points during the stretch. Also during the stretch, Thomas picked up his second personal foul.
Sullinger joined him on the bench with two fouls at 10:38. Buford joined Sullinger and Thomas on the bench with two fouls with 5:45 to go.
The Buckeyes jumped back ahead 32-27 with a little more than a minute remaining. But Ohio State had already burned all but one of its timeouts.
IU closed the half with a flurry. The Hoosiers scored the final six points. Oladipo stole the ball from Craft and finished with a dunk to give the Hoosiers a 33-32 lead at halftime. It was the perfect setup to a thrilling final 20 minutes.
Check back later for postgame reaction.