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Buckeyes Bounce Hoosiers

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

the field.

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

halftime.

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

led 50-35.

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

Hoosiers got.

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