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Ohio State hangs on to beat Indiana, 79-75 in Big Ten

CHICAGO (AP) Rolling along with a 20-point lead in the second half, Ohio State appeared to be in the clear.

That changed in a flash. But the Buckeyes hung on.

Keyshawn Woods scored 18, Kaleb Wesson added 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Ohio State beat Indiana 79-75 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Woods scored a key basket in the closing minute. Wesson provided a big lift inside in his return from a punishment for violating athletic department policy, helping Ohio State stop a three-game losing streak and boost its NCAA Tournament hopes.

C.J. Jackson added 17 points and hit two free throws in the closing seconds to preserve the win for the Buckeyes (19-13) after a 20-point lead in the second half dwindled to two. Ohio State will face No. 6 Michigan State on Friday.

''Everybody here packed for four days,'' Wesson said. ''We want to get the highest seed we can if we do go (to the NCAA). If they don't want to put us in the tournament, that's fine. We're going to go whatever tournament we go to and play.''

Devonte Green scored a career-high 26 for Indiana and set a Big Ten Tournament record by nailing 8 of 10 3-pointers. But the Hoosiers (17-15) came up short after winning four in a row to jump into the NCAA picture.

''We'll wait and see,'' coach Archie Miller said. ''It'll be difficult. Our resume, at the end of the day, if you put it up with a blank sketch, I'm sure it compares favorably with other teams. We've played a ridiculous schedule and obviously beat some teams that have made the tournament.''

HANGING ON

Ohio State lost at Purdue and Northwestern and then at home to Wisconsin with Wesson - their leading scorer and rebounder - suspended. But the Buckeyes got the win they needed even if things got tight down the stretch.

Ohio State scored 10 straight to go up by 20 with just over seven minutes left in the game. The Hoosiers responded with a 13-0 run, cutting it to seven with 4:20 left on De'Ron Davis' layup.

Jackson then nailed a 3 for Ohio State. Indiana kept coming, cutting it to 72-69 on Romeo Langford's layup with just under a minute remaining.

Woods answered with a short pull-up jumper in traffic. Davis had a layup wiped out by an offensive foul against Evan Fitzner, who pushed Kaleb Wesson, and Duane Washington Jr. dunked off a long inbounds to make it 76-69 with 16 seconds left.

Green then hit a 3 for Indiana. And after Andre Wesson made 1 of 2 free throws, Green nailed another 3 from about 30 feet to make it 77-75 with six seconds remaining. But Jackson then hit two free throws to seal the win for Ohio State.

QUOTABLE

''(Players) start talking about it in I think November. That conversation's been going on for a while, and I think it requires some discipline. And I'm not sure that we've always been great at it. But as much as possible, we just try to focus in on trying to play more possessions of quality basketball than what we did the previous time. Is it hard? Sure. I mean, it's everywhere this time of year. Right? I think our guys did a pretty good job this last week and a half.'' - Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann on the NCAA bubble talk.

THE BIG PICTURE

Indiana: The Hoosiers' NCAA hopes took a big hit with the loss.

Ohio State: With Kaleb Wesson back in the lineup, the Buckeyes got the win they needed to strengthen their case for an NCAA bid.

UP NEXT

Indiana: The Hoosiers will wait to find out if they're in the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes got swept by Michigan State, losing Jan. 5 at home and Feb. 17 on the road.

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Key Players
R. Langford
0 G
C. Jackson
3 G
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
12.1 Pts. Per Game 12.1
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
44.8 Field Goal % 41.4
27.2 Three Point % 38.9
72.2 Free Throw % 76.8
  Romeo Langford missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 1 C.J. Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
+ 1 C.J. Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Evan Fitzner 3.0
+ 3 Devonte Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Romeo Langford 5.0
+ 1 Andre Wesson made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
  Andre Wesson missed 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Juwan Morgan 11.0
  Full timeout called 13.0
+ 3 Devonte Green made 3-pt. jump shot 14.0
+ 2 Duane Washington Jr. made driving dunk, assist by Andre Wesson 15.0
Team Stats
Points 75 79
Field Goals 27-62 (43.5%) 28-62 (45.2%)
3-Pointers 11-27 (40.7%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 10-15 (66.7%) 15-18 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 33 38
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 19 26
Team 5 2
Assists 18 22
Steals 9 12
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 17 16
Fouls 18 16
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Indiana 17-15 284775
home team logo Ohio State 19-13 354479
Team Stats
away team logo Indiana 17-15 71.5 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.4 APG
home team logo Ohio State 19-13 69.1 PPG 37.5 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
11
D. Green G 9.4 PPG 3.4 RPG 3.0 APG 40.2 FG%
32
K. Woods G 8.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.5 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Green G 26 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
K. Woods G 18 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
43.5 FG% 45.2
40.7 3PT FG% 36.4
66.7 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morgan 12 7 1 4/8 0/2 4/6 4 29 3 2 3 1 6
A. Durham 9 3 3 3/8 0/3 3/3 3 31 0 1 0 0 3
R. Langford 9 6 5 4/12 1/5 0/0 1 36 1 0 2 4 2
R. Phinisee 2 1 1 1/6 0/2 0/1 1 18 0 0 3 0 1
J. Smith 0 2 2 0/5 0/2 0/0 0 15 1 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morgan 12 7 1 4/8 0/2 4/6 4 29 3 2 3 1 6
A. Durham 9 3 3 3/8 0/3 3/3 3 31 0 1 0 0 3
R. Langford 9 6 5 4/12 1/5 0/0 1 36 1 0 2 4 2
R. Phinisee 2 1 1 1/6 0/2 0/1 1 18 0 0 3 0 1
J. Smith 0 2 2 0/5 0/2 0/0 0 15 1 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Green 26 1 4 9/15 8/10 0/0 2 31 2 2 4 0 1
D. Davis 9 4 1 3/3 0/0 3/5 4 16 0 1 4 2 2
E. Fitzner 8 4 1 3/5 2/3 0/0 3 18 2 0 1 2 2
Z. McRoberts 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
R. Thompson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Q. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jager - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Blackmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Forrester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 28 18 27/62 11/27 10/15 18 200 9 6 17 9 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Woods 18 7 4 9/13 0/1 0/0 2 32 2 1 1 1 6
C. Jackson 17 5 5 6/14 3/6 2/2 0 34 3 0 2 2 3
K. Wesson 17 13 3 5/15 1/4 6/7 3 34 2 3 4 3 10
A. Wesson 13 0 1 3/5 2/3 5/6 4 38 3 0 4 0 0
M. Jallow 2 5 4 0/4 0/2 2/2 1 26 0 0 1 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Woods 18 7 4 9/13 0/1 0/0 2 32 2 1 1 1 6
C. Jackson 17 5 5 6/14 3/6 2/2 0 34 3 0 2 2 3
K. Wesson 17 13 3 5/15 1/4 6/7 3 34 2 3 4 3 10
A. Wesson 13 0 1 3/5 2/3 5/6 4 38 3 0 4 0 0
M. Jallow 2 5 4 0/4 0/2 2/2 1 26 0 0 1 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Muhammad 6 2 4 2/3 2/3 0/1 3 19 1 0 1 0 2
D. Washington Jr. 4 1 1 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 9 1 0 3 0 1
K. Young 2 3 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 3 7 0 0 0 2 1
J. Ahrens 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Hummer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lane - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. LeDee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Hookfin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 36 22 28/62 8/22 15/18 16 200 12 4 16 10 26