Indiana Falls to Ohio State in Big Ten Championship


Second-ranked Indiana failed to clinch its first outright Big Ten championship in two decades last night, dropping a 67-58 decision to visiting Ohio State on Senior Night in Bloomington.

DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft sparked the 14th-ranked Buckeyes, combining for nine points during a pivotal 11-2 run late in the second half. Thomas finished with 18 points and Craft had 15 to help Ohio State maintain hopes of grabbing a share of the conference crown.

At least half of the league's teams remain in the title chase that will now go down to the final day of the regular season.

Sunday's losses by Wisconsin and Michigan State gave Indiana a share of its first conference championship in 11 years. A win over the Buckeyes would have given the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten crown since 1993. They will get another chance Sunday at No. 7 Michigan.

In other top-25 action:

Seth Curry scored 20 points and fellow senior Ryan Kelly added 18 as third-ranked Duke beat Virginia Tech 85-57. The Blue Devils outscored the Hokies 32-10 during the final 12-plus minutes to finish unbeaten at home for the 17th time in school history. The Blue Devils shot 52 percent for the game but led just 53-47 before their game-ending run.

Story source: AP