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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:30 pm

Ohio State 71, Indiana 56: Quick thoughts

Dylan Sinn | The Journal Gazette

How it Happened

The Buckeyes opened a big lead early, going on a 10-0 run in the first few minutes and leading 14-5 at the first media timeout. That advantage was mostly thanks to work down low as Ohio State piled up 12 points in the paint in the first five minutes of the game.

Indiana never really recovered the in the first half, falling behind by as many as 17 at 29-12 and ending the opening 20 minutes trailing 38-23. Juwan Morgan continued his solid play with 11 points in the first half, but both Robert Johnson and Josh Newkirk were held scoreless. The third guard, Zach McRoberts, had five early points, but didn't score after that.

With their guards struggling to find the range, Hoosier big men found the going tough down low as Ohio State packed the lane and held IU to 33 percent shooting before halftime.

The second half began with a pair of easy baskets for Ohio State, extending the lead to as many as 19 before Archie Miller called a timeout barely more than a minute into the half. The timeout didn't work as Miller might have liked, as the Buckeyes got a big dunk from Kam Williams off a nice find from Kaleb Wesson on the first possession following the stoppage.

Ohio State essentially held the Hoosiers at an arm's length after that. Indiana got as close as 13 after sophomore guard Devonte Green made a pair of solid dishes to Freddie McSwain for easy looks, but Keita Bates-Diop dished to Williams for a short jumper and the Indiana run was over. The Buckeyes were able to score all night when it looked like IU might be on the verge of a longer run.

Player of the Game-Kaleb Wesson

The freshman Buckeye big man showed a good array of moves in the post for a player just a year removed from high school. He piled up 14 points, finishing 7 for 7 from the field. He was impressively patient in the post, never rushing as he made his move to the basket. Wesson also had five rebounds.


What's Next?

The Hoosiers will complete their most difficult 3-game stretch of the season Saturday when they welcome No. 5 Michigan State (20-3, 8-2) to Assembly Hall. The Spartans have won four in a row heading into a Wednesday matchup with Penn State. They beat the Hoosiers 85-57 earlier in January and continue to be led by sophomore Miles Bridges, who averages 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 48 percent.