COLUMBUS, Ohio — His mouth said one thing, but Justice Sueing’s hair indicated otherwise.
One game removed from a scoreless outing against Maryland, Sueing came out attacking Saturday afternoon against Indiana. And when the Buckeyes finished off their biggest win against the Hoosiers in nearly a decade, 78-59, Sueing’s double-double had plenty to do with it.
Any crossover between the new hairstyle and the improved output were purely coincidental.
“The hair, I just wanted to switch it up a little bit, something different,” he said with a laugh. “Last game I just … didn’t have my best game at all, but today I just knew I had to come in, move on from that last game.”
He did, and the Buckeyes, ranked No. 5 in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll, kept rolling. Sueing finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore E.J. Liddell led the team with 19 points and Ohio State (17-4, 11-4 Big Ten) held at least a two-possession lead for the final 33:56 against Indiana (11-9, 6-7).
The Buckeyes have won six games in a row and nine of their past 10. In the matchup of coaches hired during the summer of 2017, Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann improved to 6-1 against Indiana counterpart Archie Miller. For a fourth time this season, Indiana came up empty on a chance for a third consecutive win.
Buckeyes guard Duane Washington Jr. scores against Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis during the second half of their game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch)
The margin of victory is Ohio State's largest against the Hoosiers since an 82-61 home win on February 27, 2011.
"You’re not going to run away from teams in this league, and you’re certainly not going to run away from NCAA Tournament teams like Indiana is right away," Holtmann said. "Over time you can create some distance. I think it’s a maturity thing."
The lead would stretch as high as 23 points when freshman Zed Key Jr. finished a right-handed hook shot after he collected a Kyle Young miss with 7:20 to play and capped a 10-0 run.
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