It started bad for Ohio State against Indiana Sunday and it only got worse.
The Hoosiers (14-3, 4-0) started the game on a 10-0 run before building an insurmountable 30-point halftime advantage on their way to a 85-60 win over the Buckeyes (11-6, 3-1) at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
Marc Loving finally got Ohio State on the board with 15:11 left in the first half, but the Hoosiers continued to erase any hope of an eighth consecutive Buckeye win.
The Indiana lead grew to 17-5 before Kam Williams hit a three. Though that shot was answered by Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, consecutive baskets from Jaquan Lyle and Marc Loving made it 20-12. A scoring drought of 5:44 followed for the Buckeyes.
Loving broke that scoreless streak with free throws with 6:14 left until halftime, but the Buckeyes field goal drought continued, lasting 9:07 as Ohio State missed nine consecutive shots and turned the ball over five times over that stretch.
By the time Jae’Sean Tate finally hit a shot for the Buckeyes the Hoosiers had used a 22-2 run to build a 42-16 advantage. Indiana would take a 48-18 lead to halftime thanks to 16 points from Troy Williams and 50 percent shooting as a team.
Loving had eight first—half points for the Buckeyes, but the team managed to shoot just 28 percent and turned the ball over 11 times in the first half.
Thad Matta said Friday that he was constantly worried about a letdown performance given the youth of his team and he got one on Sunday.
The Buckeyes were a bit better in the second half, but it was far too late. Ohio State used a 10-run to cut the Hoosiers lead to 59-33 and would eventually cut their deficit to 22 but would not get closer.
The spurt from the Buckeyes featured seven points from Lyle. The freshman point guard finished with a career-high 29 in his first collegiate return to his home state. Lyle’s game-high total included 24 in the second half while the guard added eight rebounds.
Loving was the only other Buckeye in double figures with 12.