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Buckeyes crash Hoosiers' party

Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas drives on Indiana’s Victor Oladipo during the first half.

Associated Press

Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas drives on Indiana’s Victor Oladipo during the first half.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft combined for nine points during Ohio State's decisive 11-2 run, leading the 14th-ranked Buckeyes past No. 2 Indiana 67-58 on Tuesday night.

Thomas finished with 18 points and Craft added 15 as the Buckeyes (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) won their fourth straight game.

Indiana had big plans for Senior Night.

After clinching a share of their first league title in 11 years with losses by Michigan State and Wisconsin on Sunday, the Hoosiers (25-5, 13-4) were trying to claim their first outright Big Ten crown since 1993. They will have another chance Sunday at No. 7 Michigan.

Cody Zeller scored 17 and Christian Watford added 12, but the Hoosiers weren't themselves.

Ohio State retook the lead midway through the second half when Indiana went more than five minutes without a basket, took control with the late run and never allowed the Hoosiers to get closer than six points.

Ohio State has won four straight. The Hoosiers lost for the second time in three games and the second time at home this season.

Much of it had to do with Ohio State not allowing the Hoosiers to get in synch offensively.

Part of the problem early was foul trouble. Victor Oladipo spent the final 11 minutes of the first half on the bench after picking up his second foul, and Zeller wen to the bench six minutes later when he was called for his second foul.

But that didn't account for Indiana's uncharacteristic game.

The Buckeyes made things tough inside and never allowed the Hoosiers to pull ahead. Instead, Ohio State continually quieted a crowd that seemed ready to party from the moment it entered Assembly Hall.

Neither team led by more than three points until Watford hit a 3-pointer with 4:47 left in the first half to give the Hoosiers a 25-21 lead. But Ohio State scored the final seven points of the half.

NO. 3 DUKE 85, VA. TECH 57: Seth Curry had 20 points in his final home game, and fellow senior Ryan Kelly added 18 in his second straight strong performance since coming back from an injury for the Blue Devils (26-4, 13-4 ACC).

NO. 9 KANSAS ST. 79, TCU 68: Angel Rodriguez had 21 points and 10 assists and Shane Southwell and Martavious Irving added 15 points each for the host Wildcats (25-5, 14-3), who stayed tied with Kansas for first place in the Big 12.

NO. 15 MARQUETTE 60, RUTGERS 54: Jamil Wilson scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including the late 3-pointer that put the visiting Golden Eagles (22-7, 13-4 Big East) ahead for good.

NO. 24 N. DAME 66, ST. JOHN'S 40: Jerian Grant had 21 points and eight assists, Eric Atkins added 15 points and the host Fighting Irish (23-7, 11-6 Big East) held the Red Storm to 18 percent shooting in the second half to end a three-game losing streak to St. John's.

NO. 25 MEMPHIS 56, UTEP 54: Chris Crawford had 15 points and Adonis Thomas hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:52 left in the game to lift the visiting Tigers (26-4, 15-0 C-USA).

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