Saturday , Jan , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

16th-ranked Hooisers hand No. 18 Ohio State first loss

=== 16th-ranked Hooisers hand No. 18 Ohio State first loss ===

Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Marshall Strickland made two free throws
with 5.7 seconds left, as 16th-ranked Indiana knocked off previously unbeaten
and No. 18 Ohio State, 81-79, at Assembly Hall.

Strickland scored 15 points and also stripped Matt Terwillger of the ball just
before the buzzer, as Indiana (10-2, 2-0 Big Ten) won its sixth straight game.

Marco Killingsworth was dominant with 26 points, five rebounds and four
blocks while Roderick Wilmont and Lewis Monroe chipped in 11 points apiece in
the victory.

Terence Dials had 25 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the
closing seconds for the Buckeyes. Je’Kel Foster and Ron Lewis each contributed
13 points for Ohio State (11-1, 1-1), which suffered its first defeat after
jumping out to its best start in 15 years.

A second half that featured five ties and nine lead changes came down to two
of basketball’s most under-appreciated attributes, foul shooting and defense.

Strickland illustrated how to excel at both and in the process knocked the
Buckeyes from the land of the unbeaten.

Robert Vaden’s three-pointer from the left corner gave Indiana a 78-76 edge
with 2:32 left on the clock. Then, Dials made 1-of-2 from the line and
converted on a putback a possession later to put the Buckeyes in front, 79-78.

Monroe made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to tie the game and set up a
frantic final minute.

Dials missed a bank shot with 30 ticks remaining, giving Indiana one last
chance to cap the comeback.

The Hoosiers ran a back screen for Killingsworth and Dials plowed over
Strickland and was whistled for a foul with 5.7 seconds left. In the process,
Ohio State’s best post presence fouled out.

Strickland made both foul shots to give Indiana an 81-79 advantage.

Ohio State had one last chance, but Terwillger was stripped by Strickland at
the buzzer.

The Buckeyes started the Big Ten bout with seven straight points capped by
Matt Sylvester’s three-pointer just over 2 1/2 minutes in.

The lead ballooned to 38-21 later in the half on Foster’s two free throws, but
Indiana refused to be blown out in Bloomington, as it countered with nine
consecutive points capped by Wilmont’s trey with 1:27 on the first-half clock.

Ohio State led 40-32 at the half.

Indiana quickly tied the game at 45-45 not even three minutes into the second
half on Killingsworth’s layup and the game remained tight the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Buckeyes made 9-of-25 from three-point range…Ohio State held a 36-30
edge on the glass…Indiana drained 10-of-21 from beyond the arc…Indiana
holds a 99-70 lead in the longstanding series…D.J. White scored six points
and grabbed seven boards in the victory…Monroe dished out six assists.