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Evan Turner to the rescue

For a while it looked as it Ohio State was going to struggle without leading scorer and rebounder Evan Turner.

But the junior swingman returned to the team for Wednesday night's 79-54 win over Indiana. Turner missed six games after falling hard to the floor and breaking bones in his lower back after a dunk in a win over Eastern Michigan on December 5.

Doctors said Turner would miss up to eight weeks. He came back in less than five weeks.

Ohio State (11-4, 1-2 Big Ten) went 3-3 without Turner, who was averaging 18.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and six assists per game before going down.

"I was pretty pleased," Ohio State coach Thad Matta told the Associated Press. "He appeared to be pretty comfortable and confident. I was glad to see him get knocked down and pick himself up, which was huge. And also see him dunk."

Turner finished with eight points, four rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes.

 

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