Buckeyes survive scare, advance to finals
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Matt Sylvester hit the eventual game-
winning layup with 36 seconds remaining, as No. 7 Ohio State edged Indiana,
52-51, in a Big 10 semifinal matchup at Conseco Fieldhouse.
J.J. Sullinger posted a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds to pace
the Buckeyes (25-4), who will face Iowa in the conference championship game on
Sunday. Terence Dials netted 13 points in the loss, while Sylvester finished
with just four points.
Roderick Wilmont recorded a team-high 16 points but missed the potential
winning basket in the final seconds for the Hoosiers (18-11). Marshall
Strickland scored 12 points, and Marco Killingsworth had 10 points and 10
The Buckeyes started the second half with an 8-2 charge, capped by Sullinger’s
three-point play, to assume a 34-28 advantage. They extended their lead to
nine points with 13:07 remaining courtesy of a Ron Lewis three-pointer, and
went up by the same margin — 47-38 — with about eight minutes to play on a
The Hoosiers scored the next nine points of the contest, however, to tie the
game at 47-47. Earl Calloway had the last five points of the surge, including
a three-point play with 3:47 left to cap it.
Indiana took a 51-50 lead on a Wilmont lay-in with just under two minutes
Je’Kel Foster missed a three on the other end but Lewis pulled down an
offensive rebound, setting up Sylvester’s deciding bucket.
Killingsworth nearly put the Hoosiers ahead, but his left-handed jumper in the
paint just missed. Wilmont ended up with the rebound, made a move and then
released a mid-range leaner with five ticks on the clock that was also just
off the mark.
Ohio State scored the first eight points of the game, but Indiana countered
with a 10-0 run to briefly go in front.
The game remained close for the rest of the opening half, with the Hoosiers
clinging to a 26-25 edge at the intermission. Both teams shot very poorly in
the opening 20 minutes, as Indiana shot 31 percent from the field while the
Buckeyes hit just 27 percent of their attempts.
Both teams finished just 33 percent from the floor…Indiana still leads the
series, 99-70…The teams only had a combined 21 turnovers…Dials also had
three blocks…This was Indiana’s fourth semifinal appearance in the Big Ten