COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team topped Indiana, 68-59, Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 14-7 on the year, 4-6 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers drop to 15-7, 5-6 in conference play.
The Buckeyes travel to Michigan at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Kaleb Wesson notched his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds while CJ Walker went for 14 points, four assists and three steals. Andre Wesson scored 10 points and dished out four assists while Justin Ahrens poured in 11 points. Devonte Green led Indiana with 13 points while Rob Phinisee added 11.
Indiana held an early 7-6 lead after a Joey Brunk dunk at the 17:06 mark of the opening half but the Buckeyes went on a 14-3 spurt, capped by an Andre Wesson 3-pointer, over the next 7:31 to take a 20-10 advantage with 9:35 left to play. Ohio State would extend its lead to as many as 14 with 6:13 left to play but the Hoosiers battled back, making it a 31-22 contest on Green’s half-court heave at the first-half buzzer.
Walker paced the Buckeyes with seven points at the break while Phinisee led Indiana with five.
The Hoosiers trimmed the deficit to six in the opening minutes of the second half but Ohio State used a 13-4 run midway through the second half to take a commanding 58-40 lead on an Ahrens 3-pointer with 7:59 remaining. Another Ahrens 3-ball pushed the margin to a game-high 19 at 61-42 with 6:06 left to play before the Buckeyes came away with the nine-point win to avenge a Jan. 11 loss at Assembly Hall.
For the game, Ohio State, which connected on 10 3-pointers in the contest, held a 31-24 advantage on the boards, a 26-20 lead in points in the paint and an 8-0 edge in fast-break points.