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play. Coach Chris Holt­mann said it’s been in the arse­nal all sea­son for a sit­u­a­tion such as the one In­di­ana (13-11, 4-9) pre­sented. Just as im­por­tantly, Jack­son and Wes­son ex­e­cuted it per­fectly.

“That’s about a 10 out of 10 and it rarely hap­pens for you as coaches, hon­estly, where you get ex­actly late what you’re try­ing to get,” Holt­mann said. “Been very few in my coach­ing ca­reer.”

In­di­ana’s Romeo Lang­ford missed a try at a go-ahead three-pointer at the other end, Luther Muham­mad hit one of two free throws with 8.8 sec­onds left and Devonte Green’s last­sec­ond three came up empty to set the fi­nal score.

It was a thrilling fin­ish to a close but of­ten ugly game. Ohio State didn’t trail de­spite four sig­nif­i­cant Ohio State’s Kaleb Wes­son shoots over In­di­ana’s Juwan Mor­gan dur­ing the first half. Wes­son fin­ished with 15 points.

scor­ing droughts of 4:50, 4:20, 3:18 and 2:49 un­til In­di­ana took its only lead when Green hit a step-back three-pointer over Keyshawn Woods for

a 52-49 lead with 1:46 re­main­ing.

With the crowd roar­ing, Jack­son hit a ty­ing three with 1:11 to play.

“I saw the shot clock wind­ing down, and based on how the flow of the game was and we were down three, we kind of needed some­thing so I stepped right into it and shot it,” Jack­son said.

Try­ing to an­swer, Juwan Mor­gan threw an ill-ad­vised pass toward Lang­ford in the paint that was poked by Musa Jal­low — a Bloom­ing­ton na­tive who never re­ceived a schol­ar­ship of­fer from In­di­ana — and stolen by An­dre Wes­son. The Buck­eyes called a time­out and drew up the win­ning play.

As the fi­nal buzzer sounded, As­sem­bly Hall went nearly silent as the Buck­eyes cel­e­brated. Mo­ments later, the sound of the Buck­eyes singing the “Buck­eye Bat­tle Cry” in­side the locker room echoed down the hall­way.

“It feels like we’re kind of get­ting our stride back that we had ear­lier in the sea­son,” Jack­son said. “A lot of teams won’t come in here and pull out wins be­cause of the team they are and the en­vi­ron­ment they have, so this one def­i­nitely feels good for us, es­pe­cially for hav­ing a young team.”

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