Indiana has Wright stuff to beat OSU

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 28, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Bracey Wright scored 23 points and carried Indiana in the second half Saturday, leading the Hoosiers past Ohio State 67-60.

D.J. White added 15 points but spent much of the second half on the bench with ice packs on his thighs. That forced Wright into the primary scoring role and he delivered the kind of performance Indiana (9-7, 4-1) needed.

Wright scored 18 points in the final 20 minutes, including 12 straight during one stretch, as the Hoosiers won their fourth straight.

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Indiana has won seven of eight games and retained a share of second place in the Big Ten.

Ohio State (12-7, 1-4) was led by Terence Dials, who scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, but the Buckeyes still could not avoid their fourth straight loss. Dials also grabbed 13 rebounds.

Indiana took control in the first half when it built a 31-23 halftime lead that it extended to 10 after White scored the first basket of the second half.

But Ohio State hit 8 of its first 10 shots in the second half and used a 14-2 run to take a 37-35 lead when Ivan Harris hit a 3-pointer with 15:20 left.

That's when Wright began his scoring binge. He scored 12 straight for the Hoosiers, finishing the run with a three-point play that gave Indiana a 47-44 lead with 12:40 to go.

Ohio State closed to 55-54 on another 3-pointer from Harris with 4:51 to go, but the Buckeyes hit just one more basket, and the Hoosiers sealed the win with eight straight free throws in the last 1:09.

No. 19 Michigan State 69, Minnesota 55

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Alan Anderson scored 13 points - 11 from the foul line - as Michigan State made 26 of 28 foul shots to hold off Minnesota.

Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown each added 12 points for the Spartans (12-3, 4-1 Big Ten), who played their usual stifling defense and won their second straight since a 62-59 loss at Wisconsin last Sunday.

Jeff Hagen, the Gophers' second-leading scorer and emotional leader, made a surprising appearance on his sprained left knee and finished with 16 points. Aaron Robinson added 12 points, and Vince Grier had 10 for Minnesota (13-5, 3-2).

No. 24 Wisconsin 72, Michigan 61

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Mike Wilkinson had 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help the Badgers win for the eighth time in nine games.

The Badgers (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) led by just five at halftime, but opened the second half with an 11-2 run. Their next game is against No. 1 Illinois on Tuesday at home, where they have won 38 straight games - the longest home winning streak in Division I.

Daniel Horton scored 16 points for the Wolverines (12-7, 3-2) before injuring his right leg with 1:55 left.