No. 22 Ohio State outlasts Indiana in overtime, 80-69
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Malaki Branham scored 27 points and Ohio State’s No. 22 rallied to beat Indiana 80-69 in overtime on Monday night.
Indiana led by four with 2:47 left in regulation, but EJ Liddell forced a steal with 1:11 left and slammed the tying dunk with six seconds left.
The Hoosiers took a two-point lead early in overtime, but Jamari Wheeler hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:58 left as Ohio State took the lead firmly.
Branham, a Columbus-born freshman guard, finished 9 of 13 from the field and topped his season average by 16 points. Liddell had 16 points and Eugene Brown III scored 10 as Ohio State shot 48%.
The Buckeyes led by 10 with 12:06 remaining in the second half, but the Hoosiers used an 18-4 run to take a 59-55 lead with 5:09 to go.
Xavier Johnson led Indiana with 16 points, going 10 of 10 from the free throw line. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson added 13 points each, and Parker Stewart scored 11.
The Buckeyes led 33-28 at halftime and took the lead by making their first seven field goal attempts in the second half.
Indiana: The Hoosiers allowed 80 points for the fourth time this season. They came in with the Big Ten’s best scoring defense while limiting opponents to nearly 38% shooting, but just couldn’t hold off the Buckeyes shooting just 34.4% themselves.
Ohio State: Second-chance runs plagued the Buckeyes as they gave up 17 and managed just four. They committed eight turnovers that led to 11 points for Indiana.
Indiana: Host Maryland on Thursday.
Ohio State: Plays 15th Illinois on Thursday.
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