Jan. 31, 2001

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Kirk Haston scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and made two key defensive plays in the final 36 seconds as Indiana defeated Ohio State 70-67 Wednesday night.

Haston stole Boban Savovic’s inbounds pass at midcourt and scored on a layup to give the Hoosiers (13-4, 4-4 Big Ten) a 67-64 lead. Then, he deflected a shot by Ohio State’s Brian Brown, and Kyle Hornsby made two free throws to put the Hoosiers ahead 69-64 with 15.8 seconds left.

Brown made a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds to play to make it 69-67, but Tom Coverdale hit one of two free throws and Haston intercepted Savovic’s long inbounds pass as time expired.

Coverdale scored 18 points Jared Jeffries 16 for Indiana, which snapped a six-game road losing streak in the Big Ten.

Brown led Ohio State (13-8, 4-5) with 17 points, while Boban Savovic added nine. Ken Johnson had eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Buckeyes, who failed to build on Saturdays 64-55 win over then-No. 3 ranked Michigan State.

The game, pitting two teams on the NCAA Tournament bubble, was decided in a tense second half that saw three ties and seven lead changes.

Indiana trailed 32-31 at halftime, but surged ahead with an 11-4 run to open the second half. Haston scored seven during the run.

After Jeffries hit one of two free throws to give Indiana a 54-44 lead, Ohio State responded with a 13-2 run to go ahead 57-54 with 5:55 left.

Reserve Tim Martin, who averaged just 2.8 points per game, keyed the run with eight points. Coverdale tied it at 57 with a 3-pointer, and the Hoosiers took the lead moments later when Jeffries knocked a long rebound away from Martin to Coverdale, who hit a 3 to put Indiana up 62-59 with 3:06 left.

A back door layup and a spinning bank shot by Savovic helped Ohio State pull within 65-64 with 1:15 left.

Haston missed a hook at the other end, but atoned for the miss seconds later. He tipped away Savovic’s inbounds pass for Martin and scored on a breakaway layup to put Indiana up by three with 36 seconds to play.

Ohio State led by as many as nine points in the first half, but managed just two field goals over the final 6:18 as Indiana went to a full-court press.

Indiana hit just 10-of-28 from the floor in the first half, but went 6-of-12 from 3-point range.

It was the first time since 1971 that the teams played in Columbus without Bob Knight on the Indiana bench.