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Buckeyes' barrage of 3s hammer Hoosiers

Ohio State guard William Buford, on right driving against Indiana’s Tom Pritchard, scores 24 as the Buckeyes roll.

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Ohio State guard William Buford, on right driving against Indiana’s Tom Pritchard, scores 24 as the Buckeyes roll.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana wanted to take away Ohio State's inside game.

The Buckeyes didn't care. They were content shooting jump shots Friday night.

William Buford scored 24, and No. 2 Ohio State made 13 of 19 3-pointers in an 85-67 victory, a shooting performance so incredible it even surprised Buford.

"I didn't know we shot that good. That's pretty good," the junior said. "When they were in a zone, we was rotating the ball, and then they couldn't get to the shooters and we was just knocking them down."

Did they ever.

The Buckeyes shot 60.5 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from 3-point range despite missing every shot they took over the final 8:06. They tied the Assembly Hall record for most 3s by a visiting team, matching the 13 Northwestern hit last season. Plus, they accomplished something no other Buckeyes team had — winning three straight in the Hoosiers' current home arena.

Yes, it was a momentous night for the Buckeyes (14-0, 1-0 Big Ten).

They have won three straight in Bloomington for the first time since 1968-70, before Indiana moved to Assembly Hall. Ohio State has won eight straight road games, its longest such streak since winning nine in a row from 1970-72, and maintained its status as one of the nation's few remaining unbeaten teams.

"That's the way basketball is supposed to be played. They beat you on the pass more than they beat you on anything else," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "They're such a dominant team, and they're so good at so many positions that you can't let guys do things that they don't normally do and we let Buford get hot early and it killed us."

Crean tried everything to stop the Buckeyes. With no good match up against freshman forward Jared Sullinger, Crean decided to start the game in a zone.

Bad move.

The Buckeyes played a nearly perfect half — making 15 of 21 from the field, 7 of 10 from 3-point range and 9 of 11 from the free-throw line. And Sullinger still managed to get 11 points and four rebounds in the first 20 minutes. He finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

"Jared did not get a lot of ball touches to start the game," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. "I thought our guys did a great job of remaining patient and getting the ball into the post. We know Jared will throw the ball outside a lot and our guys were hitting from outside."

Christian Watford led the Hoosiers (9-6, 0-2) with 17 points, scoring 12 in the second half, and freshman Victor Oladipo had 14 points and six rebounds in his second career start.

No. 7 San Diego St. 93, Occidental 50: Chase Tapley scored a season-high 15 while Kawhi Leonard had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the host Aztecs, who improved to 15-0 for the first time in school history.

Their 15-game winning streak is the longest in school history and is second nationally to No. 1 Duke's 22-game run.

No. 11 Ky. 78, No. 22 L'ville 63: Brandon Knight scored 25 and Josh Harrellson added a career-high 23 with 14 rebounds as the visiting Wildcats (11-2) dominated the smaller Cardinals (11-2) in the lane.

"I wouldn't say Harrellson caught us by surprise, we just didn't do what it takes to stop him," said Louisville guard Chris Smith, who had 15 points and six rebounds.

Preston Knowles led the Cardinals with 22 points.

A rare 3-pointer by Harrellson gave Kentucky a 44-26 lead early in the second half. Louisville hit nine straight shots while slicing the lead to 59-49, but the Cardinals couldn't get any stops.

No. 12 Purdue 82, N'western 69: E'Twaun Moore tied his career high with 31 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, as the host Boilermakers (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) beat the Wildcats to win their eighth in a row. Moore matched his point total from a win over Southern Illinois on Nov. 26, and had seven rebounds. Northwestern's John Shurna, ranked ninth nationally in scoring with a 23.3 average, was held to a season-low 11.

No. 13 Texas 95, Coppin St. 75: Jordan Hamilton hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 to lead the host Longhorns (11-2) past the Eagles. Tristan Thompson scored a career-high 22 and pulled down nine rebounds for Texas.

No. 20 Mich. St. 71, No. 14 Minn. 62: Durrell Summers scored 19 as the host Spartans (9-4, 1-0 Big Ten) overcame Trevor Mbakwe's 17 points for the Golden Gophers (11-3, 0-2).

Michigan State shot 62 percent from the field (16-for-26) in the second half after missing myriad open looks in the first.

"It was frustrating, but I wasn't upset because I thought 90 percent of the shots we took were good shots," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "I told them at halftime to keep shooting."

It paid off as the Spartans made 12 of their first 16 shots in the final 20 minutes. Summers made four of five 3-point attempts in that stretch.

No. 17 Kansas St. 100, N. Fla. 76: The host Wildcats (11-3), playing without three starters, got 26 points from Jamar Samuels and 22 from Wally Judge. Parker Smith hit seven 3-pointers and scored 25 to lead North Florida (4-9).

No. 18 Texas A&M 66, McNeese St. 57: Khris Middleton scored 13 for the host Aggies (12-1), who overcame a 10-point deficit for its ninth consecutive victory.

Women

No. 8 UCLA 60, Wash. 48: Rebekah Gardner came off the bench to hit a trio of 3-pointers and score 15 as the Bruins (11-1, 1-0 Pac-10) rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half to hold off the Huskies, who were trying to pull their first upset of a ranked opponent in nearly three seasons.

No. 10 UNC 83, Gardner-Webb 62: Italee Lucas scored 29 and the Tar Heels (13-0) rolled on the road. UNC has won by an average margin of 35.5 points this season, second-best in the country.

Buckeyes' barrage of 3s hammer Hoosiers 12/31/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 31, 2010 11:15pm]

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