BIG TEN CONFERENCE Sullinger's goal lifts Ohio State to win over Indiana
Terence Dials from Boardman High had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- J.J. Sullinger hit a short baseline jumper with 17 seconds to play to give Ohio State a 58-56 lead, and the Buckeyes held on for a 59-56 win over Indiana on Saturday night, dealing the Hoosiers their fourth straight home loss.
A.J. Moye had a chance to put the Hoosiers ahead, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key was off the mark. Terence Dials (Boardman High) got the rebound and hit one of two free throws for Ohio State to create the final score.
Bracey Wright then missed a desperation heave from half-court at the buzzer for the Hoosiers, who have lost six of seven and were booed by the home crowd as time ran out.
Velimir Radinovic scored 19 of his career-high 23 points in the second half, as the Hoosiers were again dominated inside.
Radinovic added 10 rebounds and Dials had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes (12-13, 4-8 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Indiana (12-12, 6-7) was out-rebounded 34-29 and shot just 33 percent.
In what has become a recurring theme this season, the Hoosiers had no answer for the opposing front line. In Wednesday's home loss to last-place Minnesota, Kris Humphries scored 36 points for the Gophers.
It was no different on Saturday. Dials and Radinovic overpowered George Leach and A.J. Moye down low, creating second chances for themselves and their teammates.
Marshall Strickland led Indiana with 13 points and George Leach scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
Coming off a 26-point performance against Minnesota, Leach went to the bench with two fouls less than eight minutes into the game.
But Leach's two free throws gave Indiana a 49-48 lead with 4:37 to play.
He followed that up with a baby hook on the next possession for a three-point lead.
Wright, who scored just nine points on 1-of-12 shooting, hit two free throws to give Indiana a 53-50 lead with just under three minutes to play.
Radinovic hit two jumpers and Dials added another before Sullinger's big shot gave Ohio State the lead.
Ohio State shot 63 percent in the second half.
Moye scored 10 and had eight rebounds for Indiana, which missed Sean Kline, who was out with a knee injury.
Kline's absence forced the 6-foot-2 Moye to battle the 7-0 Radinovic, and he was no match for the Buckeyes' center.
Officials were uncertain if Moye would be available for the game after his aunt and 9-year old cousin died in a house fire in the Atlanta area on Thursday.