January 9, 1999
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Jon Sanderson scored six points in a 9-0 run to start the second half and 13th-ranked Indiana never recovered as Ohio State stayed perfect at home with a 73-56 victory Saturday night.
It was the most lopsided Ohio State victory over the Hoosiers during coach Bob Knight’s 28 seasons. Knight had never before lost to his alma mater by more than nine points.
The Buckeyes (13-3, 3-0 Big Ten) improved to 9-0 in their new home, Value City Arena. Ohio State was 8-22 overall last season – losing three times to the Hoosiers – and 0-8 in the Big Ten at St. John Arena.
Ohio State led 35-30 at the half. After Indiana’s Luke Recker – who had one of the worst shooting nights of his career – missed a 3-pointer, Sanderson was fouled as he hit an 8-foot bank shot in the lane, then added the free throw. Indiana missed its next shot, with Sanderson following by hitting a 3-pointer from the left side.
Moments later Scoonie Penn hit another 3-pointer to push the lead to 44-30. The Hoosiers (14-5, 1-3) never would get closer than eight points again.
A.J. Guyton carried the offensive load for the Hoosiers, who have now lost six of their last seven Big Ten games. Guyton finished with 27 points.
Recker, Indiana’s leading scorer averaging 16.8 points a game, scored his only points with 10:20 left. He shot just 1-of-6 from the field.
Jason Singleton scored 17 points, Michael Redd added 14, Penn had 12 and Sanderson 10 for the Buckeyes, who moved to 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1992. Ohio State, which beat then-No. 19 Wisconsin 78-74 in overtime last Saturday night, won consecutive games against higher-ranked opponents for the first time in nine years.
Neither team led by more than four points until Ohio State pulled away with a 9-0 run midway through the first half. Indiana’s Kirk Haston hit a hook shot in the lane to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 21-20 with 8:17 left. The Hoosiers would not score for the next 2:48, missing one shot from the field and turning the ball over on three straight possessions.
George Reese hit a free throw and missed the second, but Sanderson tipped it in for a basket. After a turnover, the Buckeyes hit their next three shots. Redd started it with a layup off a backdoor cut with Reese assisting. Redd then scored on a fastbreak layup before Singleton hit a short shot off an inbounds play to make it 30-20.
The Hoosiers got as close as 32-28 on Guyton’s fourth 3-pointer of the half.
Guyton, who had 14 points in the opening half, scored Indiana’s first nine points of the second half. Over the final 4 minutes of the first half and first 7 minutes of the second, Guyton accounted for 12 of the Hoosiers’ 14 points.
The Buckeyes dominated the boards, 40-27, with Ken Johnson leading the way with 11.
One of the loudest roars of the evening came at halftime when the Sugar Bowl trophy was presented to the university by the football coaching staff and co-captain Jerry Rudzinski.
By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer