Feb. 15, 2005

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AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – J.J. Sullinger scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half to spur Ohio State to a 57-44 win over Indiana on Tuesday night.

Terence Dials added 14 points and Jamar Butler scored a career-high 13 for the Buckeyes (18-8, 7-5 Big Ten), who have won six of their last seven. The Buckeyes took over fourth place in the conference with the win.

D.J. White had 17 points and Robert Vaden 14 for Indiana (11-11, 6-5), which dropped to 1-7 on the road.

Ohio State pried open a lead in the final minutes thanks to the inspired play of Dials, Sullinger and sub Matt Sylvester during a 15-2 run.

Down 36-33 midway through the half, the Buckeyes tied it on a Sullinger jumper and a free throw by Dials. Dials then scored the go-ahead bucket off an assist by Sylvester for a 38-36 lead with 8:32 to go. A Sylvester free throw pushed the lead to three.

After Marshall Strickland scored for the Hoosiers, Dials hit two free throws, Sullinger popped in a 3 from the right corner off a Sylvester pass and Dials scored again with Sylvester assisting for a 46-38 lead. Sullinger made it a 10-point lead on a fallaway 18-footer as the shot clock sounded with 3:21 left, capping a 9-0 Ohio State spurt.

Sullinger’s point total was his most this season since scoring 21 against Chattanooga in November. He hit 7-of-10 shots from the field, 2-of-5 3-pointers and his only free throw and added six rebounds and two assists.

Both teams had trouble scoring in the first half, with Ohio State taking a 27-22 lead.

The Hoosiers were without leading scorer Bracey Wright, who missed his third game in a row with an ankle sprain. He had scored 23 points and had seven rebounds and three assists in Indiana’s 67-60 win over the Buckeyes on Jan. 22.