Dec. 31, 2010
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor and having three players score in double figures, Indiana could not hold off a blistering Ohio State team which made 60.5 percent of its shots and 68.4 percent of its three pointers as the Buckeyes posted an 85-67 victory Friday, in Assembly Hall.
"First and foremost, as we've watched on film, that's the way basketball is supposed to be played in the way that they play together on offense and defense," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "They're such a dominant team and they're so good at so many positions that you just can't let guys do things that they don't normally do in games."
Christian Watford scored 17 points for Indiana, freshman Victor Oladipo had 14 points and six rebounds and Jordan Hull added 12 for IU.
William Buford had 24 points for OSU and Jared Sullinger added 19.
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.
"When we moved the basketball we got what we wanted," Crean noted. "When we got it reversed, when we got certain people in pick-and-roll situations, and that's what I would say more than anything else. We missed some open shots, but they're very good.
The Hoosiers fought back. Watford beat the shot clock with a 3 to make it 60-48 with 12:55 to go. The Buckeyes answered with a 9-2 run to extend the lead to 69-50, but the Hoosiers 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.
"There's no margin for error (on defense) because we're not up into the ball enough, there's not enough next man communication and help," said Crean
Indiana did outscore OSU in the paint 18-14, off turnovers 18-11, and on the fast break 6-0.
The Hoosiers will travel to Minneapolis for a 7 p.m. meeting with Minnesota on Tuesday, January 4.
"If we had played with the same spirit and energy Monday night that we had tonight - it's not an excuse, we lost by 18 - but we'd have won the game," added Crean. "We'd be 1-1 going to Minnesota, but we're not. So, we have to learn from that."