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.

AP Sports Writer