Ohio State entered Assembly Hall ready to lock horns with Indiana, a pair of teams undefeated in Big Ten play and riding win streaks.
The Buckeyes left disheveled, distraught and with their tails between their legs Sunday after a 85-60 beatdown at the hand of the Hoosiers.
Four Hoosiers scored in double figures and Indiana held off a slim second half surge by Ohio State to win its ninth straight.
Junior forward Troy Williams led Indiana with 23 points and freshman center Thomas Bryant tallied a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, his first collegiate double-double.
Ohio State never led, failing to score in the game's first five minutes. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers jumped out to 10-0 lead before Thad Matta's club put the ball through the net.
|22-56 (39)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||31-67 (46)|
|7-17 (41)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||11-30 (37)|
|9-15 (60)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||12-18 (67)|
Indiana's increased hustle and stellar shooting pushed the lead above 20 for the final four-plus minutes ahead of halftime. The Hoosiers (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten) finished on a 28-6 run to lead 48-18 at intermission, and three players scored in double figures in the first half.
Ohio State scored 23 points in the opening nine minutes of the second half to slice the deficit to 22, but never got any closer. The Hoosiers led by as many as 36 points in the second half.
Indiana outscored Ohio State in second-chance points 36-5 and out-rebounded the Buckeyes, 50-31.
Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle served as the lone bright spot for Ohio State and finished with 29 points and eight rebounds, both team highs. He scored 24 points in the second half. Marc Loving was the only other Buckeye in double figures, with 12 points.
Ohio State (11-6, 3-1) returns home and hosts Rutgers Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.