No. 1/1 Indiana Falls to Illinois in Final Seconds, 74-72
Feb. 7, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior forward Tyler Griffey made a layup at the buzzer to cap an Illinois rally as the Illini defeated No. 1 Indiana, 74-72, in Champaign Thursday night. The basket capped a 13-2 run in the final 3:33.
"Give them credit," said IU Coach Tom Crean.
The Hoosiers were looking for their fifth straight conference road win this season and with the game close early on used a 18-5 run over a five-minute period to take a 37-23 lead with 2:12 left in the first half. The Hoosiers went into the break up 41-29.
"When we turn the ball over, we're not very good," Crean said. "The biggest difference in this game tonight was 28 points off turnovers to our 16. ... The turnovers we're making, there's no defense for them."
In the second half, IU again built a 14-point lead at 55-41 withe 12:50 to go. The Hoosiers also led 65-54 after a three-pointer by freshman Jeremy Hollowell with 6:44 remaining.
Trailing 70-62, D.J. Richardson scored eight straight points for Illinois to tie the game at 70-70. Following a layup with 46.6 seconds by junior Victor Oladipo to give IU a 72-70 advantage, Brandon Paul made two free throws with 37 seconds remaining and a steal by Richardson, who had his shot blocked out of bounds by Oladipo, set up the game's final play.
"You've gotta know every team's strengths," Crean said. "Their strength is their 3-point shooting. Our strength is not over-helping. There's a fine line that we're trying to get to. ... You get so consumed with your man that you either face guard too much and leave a man on an island with the ball, or you over-help on a situation and you rotate back. Tonight, we didn't need to over-help."
Four players for the Hoosiers scored in double figures. Sophomore Cody Zeller had 14 points and nine rebounds, junior Will Sheehey had 13 points, senior Christian Watford had 12 points and eight rebounds and senior Jordan Hulls had 11.
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