Indiana Drops OT Heartbreaker at Michigan State, 84-83
Jan. 30, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Despite dominating much of the game, the Indiana men's basketball team fell in an overtime heartbreaker at Michigan State, 84-83, on Sunday, Jan. 30.
Christian Watford led the Hoosiers (11-11, 2-7) with 21 points, by way of 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc and 7-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Watford also recorded five rebounds. Jordan Hulls netted 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting, while staying perfect at the free throw line making 4-of-4. He also recorded four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Matt Roth scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point line, Victor Oladipo scored 11 points and Jeremiah Rivers added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Tom Pritchard led the Hoosiers on the glass with seven rebounds and added three assists and two points.
"I still think they believed they could win in the overtime," said IU head coach Tom Crean. "There's no question, anytime you go through a situation like that, you're going to lose a little air out of your sails. I thought they really responded. I've been in those situations where you don't believe you can win and then it's over. But they didn't do that. They got over the feelings of the misses pretty quick and we battled. We missed a couple shots, we missed some free throws with guys that make them. The biggest thing you can do is remind them that's its never one or two plays. We were in the position to win with the way they played throughout the game."
After trading the lead in the first three minutes of the game, the Hoosiers used a 21-7 run, by way of five 3-pointers, to take a 24-12 lead with 11:42 to go in the first half. The Spartans (13-8, 5-4) put together a 15-2 run to take a 29-28 lead at the 5:44 mark. However, Indiana kept its composure and outscored Michigan State, 13-11, in the final five and a half minutes of the half to take a 43-40 lead into the break.
The Hoosiers came out strong in the second half and built up an eight-point lead until a pair of free throws ignited an 11-0 Michigan State run that gave the Spartans a 63-60 lead with 9:06 to play in regulation. A pair of free throws by Hulls, following by a 3-pointer from Roth sparked a 13-4 IU run that regained a six-point edge for the Hoosiers, 73-67, at the 4:36 mark. Indiana kept at least a one-point advantage until two free throws from Draymond Green knotted the game at 79-79 to send it into overtime.
Both teams started OT a little slow, but a free throw from Green with 3:02 remaining gave Michigan State a one-point lead. However, the Hoosiers kept fighting. With 1:42 to go, Will Sheehey put in a layup to give back a one-point lead to IU. Another pair of free throws, this time form Kalin Lucas, kept the Spartans up by one. A layup from Hulls with 48 seconds on the clock kept IU ahead by one, but a layup by Green with 27 seconds remaining was the go-ahead for the 84-83 Michigan State win.
Indiana shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the field and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the 3-point line. The Hoosiers matched the Spartans on the glass, 36-36, and dominated from the bench, outscoring Michigan State, 25-9.
"The bottom line is that we're way past moral victories and there is something to be said for the belief that you can play and win like that," said Crean. "I think the biggest thing is that it's not business as usual for them anymore. They are going to have to do even more with each other to get them back in the sense that we go home, there's so much season left. Home is not a cure or anything like that. But I tell you what, to have that place packed for Wednesday night and Saturday for these guys after the way they played the other night, the way they came up here and represented Indiana ... that would be really, really good. When a team has not won and when a team doesn't have real confidence yet and they are trying to gain it. To have that crowd behind them could just be incredible."
IU returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 2, when it plays host to No. 16 Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
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