Indiana's Wright puts Ohio State on the wrong end
Bracey Wright had 28 points for Indiana; Terence Dials had 19 for OSU.
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio State's game plan was to stop Bracey Wright. The game plan obviously failed.
Wright could do little wrong while scoring 28 points -- including 20 in the second half as Indiana repeatedly beat back challenges -- to lead the Hoosiers past the Buckeyes 69-61 Tuesday night.
"I got a lot of good looks. The biggest thing was I didn't force any shots," Wright said. "And I got to the foul line late and made all of them but one."
The Hoosiers (9-6, 3-1) began the night in a five-way tie for the top spot in the Big Ten and gained, at least for a night, the lead by themselves.
"That's where you make your money in the Big Ten -- winning on the road," Wright said with a grin.
Wright, second in the conference in scoring, was dogged by at least one defender all over the court but still hit 7 of 17 shots from the field, 4 of 7 3-pointers and 10 of 11 free throws. He also had three rebounds and three assists.
His running mate at guard, Marshall Strickland, added 19 points as the Hoosiers won their third game in a row.
"Bracey's playing great right now, but when Strickland is playing well it takes some of the pressure off him," Indiana coach Mike Davis said.
Terence Dials of Boardman scored 19 points and Velimir Radinovic 16 for the Buckeyes (9-8, 1-3), who began the night a game out of first and a game out of last in the Big Ten.
"This one really hurt us -- all of us," Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said.
In a physically punishing game, the teams combined for 47 fouls, 31 turnovers and 51 free throws. Ohio State had trouble all night matching up with the Hoosiers' quickness, while Indiana couldn't muster a defense against Dials and Radinovic as the Buckeyes continually pounded the ball inside.
Ohio State took its last lead at 48-46 on two free throws by Nick Dials with 9:27 left. Indiana drew even on a pair of Wright foul shots before Strickland hit two more.
The Hoosiers led 59-53 on Wright's quick spin and layup with 4:42 left but turned the ball over on their next six possessions.
"We gave up those six straight turnovers, but our defense saved us," Davis said.
While Indiana had trouble pulling away, Ohio State couldn't gain ground because of ballhandling miscues of its own.
With some pressure from the Indiana defense -- but also several unforced errors -- the Buckeyes made just one of their next seven shots from the field, missed three of four free throws and had three turnovers over the next four minutes.
"The game just seemed to stand still for a couple of minutes," Terence Dials said. "Nothing was working out."
Wright made two free throws with 1:38 left to push the lead to 61-56, more than enough to get the Hoosiers to the finish.
"We willed this one out," IU swingman A.J. Moye said. "We finally realized what it takes to win defensively. I think everybody's buying into what coach is preaching and Wright and Strickland are now veterans. It's defense that's doing it."