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Hoosiers fall to Buckeyes in Big Ten Tournament

NCAA Tournament hopes take big hit
Posted: 4:04 PM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 16:04:33-04
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Keyshawn Woods scored 18, Kaleb Wesson added 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Ohio State hung on to beat Indiana 79-75 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Woods scored a key basket in the closing minute. Wesson provided a big lift inside in his return from a punishment for violating athletic department policy, helping Ohio State stop a three-game losing streak.

C.J. Jackson added 17 points and hit two free throws in the closing seconds to preserve the win for the Buckeyes (19-13) after a 20-point lead in the second half dwindled to two.

Devonte Green scored 26, nailing eight of ten three-pointers, but Indiana (17-15) came up short after winning four in a row to jump into the NCAA Tournament picture.

Ohio State scored ten straight to go up by 20 with just over seven minutes left in the game, only to see the Hoosiers responded with a 13-0 run, cutting it to seven with 4:20 left on De'Ron Davis' layup

Indiana kept coming, pulling to within three points on Romeo Langford's layup with just under a minute remaining.

Woods answered with a short pull-up jumper in traffic.

Davis had a layup wiped out by an offensive foul against Evan Fitzner, who pushed Kaleb Wesson, and Duane Washington Jr. dunked off a long inbounds to make it 76-69 with 16 seconds left.

Green then hit a three for Indiana, and after Andre Wesson made one of two free throws, Green nailed another three from about 30 feet to make it 77-75 with six seconds remaining.

But Jackson then hit two free throws to seal the win for Ohio State.

THE BIG PICTURE

Indiana: The Hoosiers' NCAA hopes took a big hit with the loss.

Ohio State: With Kaleb Wesson back in the lineup, the Buckeyes got the win they needed to strengthen their case for an NCAA bid.