Indiana (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten) took sole possession of second-place in the conference with an impressive 59-53 win over Ohio State in Value City Arena on Sunday afternoon.
After several ESPN analysts hammered the Hoosiers on Saturday night for their absence of a win over an RPI top 50 team (Illinois State is actually No. 49), Kelvin Sampson’s club played brilliantly from start to finish and picked up a “signature” win of sorts. Ohio State is currently No. 32 in the RPI.
D.J. White had another double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Eric Gordon added 15 points. Gordon hit four free throws in the final minute.
Jordan Crawford started alongside Gordon in the backcourt and had eight points, seven assists and six rebounds. More importantly, Crawford had no turnovers. Indiana committed just six turnovers.
Kosta Koufos led the Buckeyes (16-8, 7-4) with 18 points and nine rebounds. Fellow freshman Jon Diebler had 14 points.
The Hoosiers will return to Assembly Hall on Wednesday for a three-game homestand against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue. Wednesday’s game against Wisconsin will be on the Big Ten Network.