A lot of things were going Indiana's way before a native son did in the Hoosiers.
Deshaun Thomas, last year's Indiana Mr. Basketball, came out of a slump with 22 points to lead No. 2 Ohio State past visiting Indiana 82-61 on Sunday.
Thomas scored all the points during a 14-3 first-half run that spanned 3:36 and turned the game into a rout. He had managed just 13 points in his last seven games.
"After I hit my first two threes, I felt kind of warm," said the 6-foot-6 Thomas, who finished his career at Fort Wayne's Bishop Luers High School with 3,018 points, third most among all Indiana schoolboys behind Damon Bailey and Marion Pierce.
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William Buford added 15 points and Jon Diebler had 11 for the Buckeyes, likely to ascend to No. 1 next week after top-ranked Duke lost at Virginia Tech on Saturday night.
Ohio State Coach Thad Matta didn't shy away from talk about being No. 1.
"Honestly, it's just something that comes along with it," he said. "The one thing I've always said — I think I said it in October when you guys asked me about our ranking — is that we really want to be there in the end."
Freshman Jared Sullinger, leading Ohio State in scoring (17.8) and rebounding (9.9), was limited to five points and seven rebounds in just 13 minutes.
No. 8 Purdue 67, Michigan St. 47: JaJuan Johnson had 20 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks to lead visiting Purdue (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten) over Michigan State (16-12, 8-8). The Boilermakers have won six straight to surge into contention for the conference title.
Centre 75, DePauw 63: Greg Ross had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Alex Lloyd had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Centre to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in Jackson, Miss. The Colonels won the tourney for the fourth time in five years and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships.
Centre held DePauw to six field goals in the first half to build a 34-18 lead. Centre protected its lead in the second half by going 19-for-22 at the free-throw line.
Sean Haseley had 20 points and 10 rebounds for DePauw.
Hanover 82, Transylvania 71: Transylvania fell behind 17-0 and never recovered in the finals of the Heartland Conference Tournament in Hanover, Ind. The Pioneers made seven of their 19 turnovers in the first four and a half minutes.
Transy pulled to 25-20 midway through the first half but could get no closer.
Hanover (25-1) received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. Transy (20-8) will learn Monday whether it received an at-large bid.
Senior guard Shayla Black led the Pioneers with 21 points, and senior guard Olivia Akridge added 19. Both were named to the All-HCAC Tournament team.
Tournament MVP Molly Martin had 25 points for Hanover.
Middle Tennessee 64, Western Kentucky 56: Visiting WKU (12-16, 9-7 Sun Belt) lost its regular-season finale despite Arnika Brown's 21 points and 14 rebounds. The Lady Toppers open the Sun Belt Tournament on Saturday against North Texas in Hot Springs, Ark.