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Indiana gets back on track

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a stunning loss, the Hoosiers were on a mission to reaffirm just how good they were.

There was little questioning their ability Sunday.

Victor Oladipo had a career-high 26 points, Cody Zeller added 24 and Christian Watford had 20 to lead No. 1 Indiana back from a demoralizing loss to a big road win, 81-68 over No. 10 Ohio State.

"It was putting teams away, playing to win and not just playing for the time to run out," Zeller said of the lessons learned from an upset loss at Illinois on Thursday. "So, we made that adjustment pretty well."

The Hoosiers (21-3, 9-3 Big Ten) dominated the second half while making some history.

"We knew we let one get away from us," Watford said. "At that point you just have to move on to the next one."

On Thursday, the Illini closed the game with a 13-2 run. Indiana turned the ball over late, then allowed an uncontested layup at the buzzer of a 74-72 loss.

Less than three days later, the Hoosiers rebounded with a milestone win in hostile territory.

The victory was Indiana's first against a top-10 conference opponent on the road since 1993 at Iowa, and its first road win against any team in the top 10 since beating Notre Dame in 2000.

"From the very beginning after we lost, the biggest thing for our team was we were not going to spend a lot of our time worrying about bouncing back," coach Tom Crean said. "I'm proud of the way these guys responded from a very tough loss."

The Hoosiers shot 53 percent, the highest against Ohio State (17-6, 7-4) this season.

"Unfortunately we didn't guard them at the level we needed to," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said.

NO. 4 DUKE 62, BC 61: Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds and hit the winning free throw with 26 seconds left to help the visiting Blue Devils (21-2, 8-2 ACC) rally from early and late deficits. The Eagles led by five with 2:15 left and had a chance to win after Plumlee hit his free throw, but Olivier Hanlan's short jumper was wide and the rebound popped out of bounds as the buzzer sounded.

CAL 77, NO. 7 ARIZONA 69: Allen Crabbe scored 19 of his 31 in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and the visiting Bears held their composure down the stretch to knock off the Wildcats (20-3, 8-3 Pac-12).

NO. 9 SYRACUSE 77, ST. JOHN'S 58: James Southerland, who had missed six games because of questions about his academic eligibility, had 13 points to help the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East) win for the 37th straight time at the Carrier Dome.

ILLINOIS 57, NO. 18 MINNESOTA 53: Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week with 16 points for the visiting Illini, who made 11 of 23 3-pointers to hand the Golden Gophers (17-7, 5-6 Big Ten) their sixth loss in eight games.

Indiana gets back on track 02/10/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:47pm]
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