BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - William Buford scored 24 points, and
No. 2 Ohio State made 13 of 19 3-pointers, pulling away from
Indiana for an 85-67 victory Friday.
The Buckeyes (14-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have won eight straight road
games - their longest such streak since winning nine in a row from
1970-72. And for the first time in school history, the Buckeyes
have won three consecutive games at Assembly Hall. Ohio State
hadn't won three straight in Bloomington since 1968-70, before the
current arena opened.
Ohio State did it with flair, too, shooting 60.5 percent from
the field and tied the record for most 3s by an opponent at
Assembly Hall. Northwestern made 13 last season in Bloomington.
Christian Watford scored 17 points for Indiana (9-6, 0-2), which
has lost four straight and two in a row at home.
Jared Sullinger had 19 points for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes' shooting was incredible.
They started 8 of 11 from the field, finished the first half at
15 of 21 overall and 7 of 10 from 3-point range. And until the
closing minutes, they were still shooting nearly 70 percent from
Indiana simply couldn't keep up.
While the Hoosiers did a respectable job inside, the Buckeyes
decided to exploit the perimeter.
Buford and Jon Diebler combined to make four 3-pointers in the
first 6 minutes, and when David Lighty made two free throws with
13:55 to go in the half, the Buckeyes led 22-8.
Indiana closed to 31-22 when Watford made a 3 with 6:09 to go,
but Ohio State answered with six straight points and led 46-33 at
The Hoosiers had even bigger problems in the second half.
Forward Derek Elston drew his fifth foul with 17:17 to play,
less than a minute after forward Tom Pritchard was called for his
fourth. And when Buford hit his fourth 3 of the game, the Buckeyes
Still, the pesky Hoosiers fought back. Watford beat the shot
clock with a 3 to make it 60-48 with 12:55 to go.
That's when the Buckeyes answered with a 9-2 run to extend the
lead to 69-50.
Indiana did make one more charge, going on a 7-0 spurt to close
to 75-61 with about 4:52 left, but that was as close as the