Buckeyes end losing skid

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 18, 2004


- Terence Dials had 14 points and led an inside assault in Ohio State's 73-62 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

Dials, averaging 8.2 points a game, had assists on consecutive dunks by J.J. Sullinger and Velimir Radinovic as the Buckeyes (9-7, 1-2 Big Ten) took the lead for good early in the first half.

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With the Buckeyes holding on to a 50-43 lead at the midpoint of the second half, Dials hit a turnaround and the accompanying free throw, then powered in a rebound follow and scored again inside for a 57-46 lead.

Sullinger and Tony Stockman each added 13 points for the Buckeyes, with Radinovic chipping in with 10 points.

The Buckeyes outrebounded the Golden Gophers (8-7, 0-3) 37-25, with Dials grabbing nine, Sullinger eight, Radinovic six and Stockman five.

Ohio State had 26 points in the paint, most on moves inside or rebound follows by Dials or Radinovic.

Minnesota's Kris Humphries, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 22.8 points a game, scored 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting from the field. Most of his points came after the outcome had been decided.

Surrounded by defenders whether Ohio State was in a zone or man-to-man defense, Humphries had just five points in the opening 29 minutes.

Ohio State hit 50 percent from the field for the first time in five games. Minnesota, which came in second in the Big Ten's in scoring offense, was held 14 points under its average while shooting 39 percent from the field.

The Buckeyes led 34-25 at the half, thanks to a late splurge. Ahead 25-22 heading into the final 2 1/2 minutes, on consecutive trips down the floor Ohio State picked up two 3-pointers from Sullinger and another from Stockman.

The Golden Gophers scored on only two of their final 15 possessions of the half and never led in the second 20 minutes.