At the buzzer: Ohio State 71, Indiana 56

  • 01/30/2018 8:54 pm in

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Quick thoughts on a 71-56 loss to Ohio State:

How it happened: After Indiana’s hard fought 74-67 loss to Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, it was fair to wonder if a letdown was coming for the Hoosiers on a short turnaround. It didn’t take long to get an answer. Indiana led once on Tuesday night – early on at 5-4 after a Zach McRoberts 3-pointer – and then Ohio State took control. The Buckeyes reeled off a 10-0 run and by the 8:35 mark of the first half, led by 17. Indiana settled for jump shots early and Ohio State had no issue finishing plays at the rim. The Buckeyes led by 15 at halftime on the strength of strong shooting (69 eFG%) and 22 points in the paint. Indiana played Ohio State relatively even in the second half, but it didn’t matter as the game was decided in the first 10 minutes.

Standout performer: Juwan Morgan once again took on a heavy workload for the Hoosiers as the junior forward finished with 15 points in 33 minutes. Only one other Hoosier – Devonte Green – scored in double figures. Green finished with a career-high 20 points.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana’s shooting woes continued in the loss as the Hoosiers shot just 10-of-18 from the free throw line (55.6 percent) and 6-of-19 on 3s (31.6 percent). For the game, Indiana shot just 36.4 percent from the field in its sixth loss in seven road games this season.

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(Photo credit: Ohio State Athletics)

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