Hoosiers Fall to Buckeyes
Jan. 13, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State hit 11 of 16 three-pointers in the first half and broke open a close game midway through the first 20 minutes and held on to post a 77-53 win over Indiana, Tuesday night in Columbus.
"We didn't put up resistance defensively and they took advantage of it.," said Indiana Coach Tom Crean. "Ohio State has a tremendous ability to play inside and outside and space, they play like a veteran team the way they make the next pass and they spaced us out some and we did some things that gave them some trouble but it wasn't early enough."
Freshman Malik Story got a steal and a layup with 13:35 to go, but the Buckeyes broke open the game with their long distance shooting and led 44-28 at halftime. Freshman Tom Pritchard, an Ohio native, tipped in his won miss to make it 49-36 with 13:53 to go, but the Hoosiers would get no closer.
On the road, we have had all these situations where we have given into the game and at some point and time we realize we can compete in the game," added Crean. Unfortunately, the other team has made a substantial mark as to how the game is going to be played and Ohio State did the same thing tonight.
Pritchard led the Hoosiers with 16 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season and first in Big Ten play. Freshman Verdell Jones III added 12 points. Freshman Nick Williams had eight points but was limited by foul trouble and junior Devan Dumes had eight first half points and played 32 minutes despite suffering a sprained ankle against Illinois on Saturday.
"A double double doesn't mean a thing to me, I just want to win games," said Pritchard. We just have to continue to work on the things that will help us win games in this league."
Dumes did not practice Sunday and Monday in Bloomington, but did work out late last night when the team arrived in Columbus.
"I wanted to be out here to show leadership," said Dumes. "I wanted to show my teammates I was there for them. I felt pretty good last night. Usually when I roll an ankle in practice I can get right up. Saturday, I thought I broke it. I was blessed that it was just a sprain."
Coach Crean had 11 players see five minutes or more of action. Freshman walk-on Broderick Lewis hit three free throws for his first career points as a Hoosier. Indiana now returns home for a Saturday evening contest against Penn State which will begin a stretch where the Hoosiers will play four of five in Assembly Hall.
"We just need to go home and get locked in to what we need to do," said Crean. "We know we are preparing for a Penn State team that has a lot of wins .We are looking forward to getting back to playing in front of our fans. No question about that."
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