IU Suffers Disappointing Loss to OSU
February 21, 2004Bloomington, Ind.---The Indiana Hoosier men's basketball team dropped yet another disappointing intense game in a contest that saw 15 ties and 12 lead changes to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 59-56 Saturday night at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers' suffered their fourth consecutive home game loss and fell to 12-12 overall and 6-7 in the Big Ten. Ohio State improves to 12-13 on the season and 4-9 in conference play.
The entire contest was neck and neck, with both teams battling for every possession. Two free-throws from senior center George Leach put the Hoosiers up six, 31-25, at the 16:23 mark, the largest lead of the night by either team.
The Hoosiers appeared to be back on track as they went on a 7-0 run down the stretch, late in the second-half, but the Buckeyes would answer soon as they made quick back-to-back baskets to trickle the lead down to just one, 53-52 with 2:39 showing on the clock.
With the clock winding down, Bracey Wright, sunk two free throws to bring the game to a deadlock at 56 with 45 seconds to play. The Hoosiers tried to hang on, but with 15 seconds remaining, a baseline jumper from J.J. Sullinger put the Buckeyes up by two, 58-56. A.J. Moye then attempted a three-point shot that fell just short, and a quick foul by the Hoosiers brought Terence Dials to the line. Dials would go on to make one of his free throws to finalize the score at 59-56. Wright would get a half-court shot in the final seconds, but could not connect and the Buckeyes would go on to capture the win.
Marshall Strickland was the leading scorer for the Hoosiers with 13 points. Moye and Leach also finished in double figures with 10 and 11 points, respectively.
Ohio State's Velimir Radinovic finished with a career-high 23 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Dials also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cream and Crimson return to action when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to take on the Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Game time is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN Plus local. The game can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Todd Leary (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre game, halftime and post game) on the call.
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