Ohio caucuses at end of regulation to force overtime, edge over Indiana 80-69

On the verge of reversing back-to-back games at home in a three-day period, Ohio State found a way to win and handed the Hoosiers their fifth straight loss on Monday.

Despite giving up a two-digit lead in the second half, the 22nd seed Buckeyes rallied late to avenge their January 6 loss in Bloomington with an 80-69 overtime win over Indiana. With the win, Ohio State avoided a multi-game losing streak once again as the Buckeyes still have to lose back-to-back games this season.

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After increasing 11 points in the first seven minutes of the second half, Ohio State did not score a field goal for nearly five full minutes while Indiana shot wide at the free-throw line and eventually led by one point with 6:35 to play.

With Ohio State four points behind, Branham’s owners free throws made the game two points with 56.1 seconds to play, and Branham found EJ Liddell in a dunking match with six seconds remaining that marked the final. organization points.

Ohio State had a three-point lead over Jamray Wheeler’s 3-pointer with 2:58 to play in overtime, and Liddell dropped an outside jump two minutes from the end keeping the Bukees ahead by the same margin. Branham’s shot in the 1:07 hit hit five, and Liddell’s free throw 20 seconds later gave Ohio State a six-point lead.

The Bucks closed things off from there to seal the deal and avoid what would have been a disastrous loss at the Schuttenstein center.

Ohio State beat Indiana, 17-6, in overtime, and Branham finished with 27 points, and Liddell added his own 16 as the Buckeyes shot nearly 14 percent better than the Hoosiers on the night.

first half

Ohio State started the game only 1 for 7 from the ground, but hit each of its next six shots to take an early 17-12 lead over the Hoosiers after Jamary Wheeler’s 11:14 throw. Neither team had scored more than four points until Indiana’s Parker Stewart signed a pair of triples to give the Hoosiers an 18-17 lead with 7:42 to play in the first half.

The Buckeyes finished the break in a 16-10 race from there, though a 33-28 lead to the break after going up seven points in the final 2:06 of the first half. While EJ Liddell had a slow start, scoring just five points in a 2-for-7 shot in the first half, Malaki Branham picked up the slack, leading all the Buckeyes with 10 points in 20 minutes.

Ohio State’s shot was 4.8 percent better than the Hoosiers in the first half, and despite losing the rebound fight 18-16, the Buckeyes had a 16-12 lead in the paint. Eugene Brown also gave Ohio State an early boost, scoring seven first-half points for his most in any game since January 30 against Purdue.

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the other half

Brown continued to roll early in the second half, knocking out a three-pointer at 17:35 giving Ohio State an eight-point lead, 40-32, the biggest lead up to that point. Branham extended it even further with a sequence in which he got a wide open dunk and followed up with a 3-pointer winger pointer to raise the Buckeyes 10 points with 15 minutes to play.

Ohio State had a number of errors over the next five minutes to help allow Indiana State to return to the game, and a four-point stretch by Hoosier forward Miller Kopp trimmed Buckeye’s lead to six points, 51-45, with 11:08 to go.

A blatant foul evaluated to Liddell allowed Indiana to make it just a three-point game on the free-throw line with 9:15 to play, and put the throw of rookie guard Tamar Bates on Indiana one point, 55-54, in the 7:20 mark. That basket was part of a stretch that the Hoosiers embarked on a 13-4 sprint to close the gap at the Buckeyes.

Indiana led by one point after two Jackson-Davis free throws with 6:35 to play, and 9-0 Hoosier had them up four in the media time-out with 4:13 to go.

The Buckeyes slowed the rest of the way until Liddell dunked into the game six seconds before.

over time

Jamari Wheeler’s 3-corner pointer gave Ohio State a back-to-back with just under three minutes to play, and Liddell dropped two competing deep goals with just under two minutes in to keep the Buckeyes ahead.

Branham put Ohio State in fifth with a score of 74-69 with 67 seconds left, and helped Liddell finish things off with a free throw to make it a six-point game 20 seconds later. The Buckeyes went on to beat free throws for the rest of the way and sealed the win at Columbus.

Xavier Johnson led the way for Indiana with 16 points, and Jackson-Davis scored 13 after putting up 27 in his first game with the Buckeyes.

What then

Ohio State is on track for its first meeting of the season with Kofi Cockburn and Illinois at 9 p.m. Thursday in a game that will be televised on FS1.

game notes

  • Indiana Tree Galloway (lower body), Christian Lander (leg) and Rob Veneti (foot), were not available for the Hosers. Galloway started the previous three games with Indiana.

  • Ohio State avenged a loss in its first game with Indiana, a 67-51 defeat at Assembly Hall on January 6.

  • The Buckeyes have played in Indiana more times than any other team since the 1949-50 season, with Monday’s game being the 135th game in the series since then and the 197th meeting overall.

  • The Buckeyes had the same level five starts as their previous three games, with Jamari Wheeler, Malaki Branham, Eugene Brown, EJ Liddell and Zed Key all earning the nod.

  • Thad Mata, now the assistant athletic director for the Indiana Department of Men’s Basketball, returned to the Schottenstein Center for Monday’s game. spent time Chat with his former player Greg Odinand is now a graduating assistant coach for the Buckeyes, before the game.