Hoosiers Hold Off Illinois, 65-61
Feb. 10, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana basketball team got a key defensive stop with just five seconds remaining in play and senior Earl Calloway sank two free throws with three ticks left on the clock as the Hoosiers held on to defeat Illinois, 65-61, on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Assembly Hall.
Down three, 61-58, with 3:37 left to play, two free throws by White brought IU back to within one at the 1:50 mark, and Bassett put the Hoosiers back on top, 62-61, with 44 seconds remaining. One more from the charity stripe, this time by junior A.J. Ratliff, gave Indiana a two-point lead with 19 seconds to play. After a timeout by IU, White got Shaun Pruitt to hold onto the ball for a five-second call and give the Hoosiers possession with five seconds left to play.
After spotting Illinois the first basket of the game, the Hoosiers went on a 13-2 run which gave IU a 13-5 advantage with 14:44 left to play in the half. However, the Illini answered with a 12-5 run of their own over the next six minutes to knot the score at 18-18 with just over eight minutes to play. The Hoosiers again took the lead on two free throws from freshman Xavier Keeling at the 5:52 mark and held that lead until a 3-pointer by Rich McBride tied it up with just under a minute to play. Illinois took a 33-31 lead into the locker room after Brian Carlwell dunked as time expired.
Illinois scored first to open the second half, but the Hoosiers tied it up at 40-40 on a three-point play by Bassett with 16:57 left. The two teams would trade points back-and-forth for the next nine minutes before IU took the lead, 54-50, on four consecutive points by Ratliff. The Hoosiers held the advantage until two free throws by Marcus Arnold with 4:44 left gave Illinois a 57-56 lead. Two free throws from White gave the Hoosiers back the advantage, but four more from the stripe by the Illini brought the IU deficit back to three.
The Hoosiers shot 46.9 percent (23-of-49) from the floor in the win while Illinois shot 45.7 percent (21-of-46). The Illini won the battle of the boards by one, 29-28, with IU holding the 9-8 advantage on the offensive glass. Indiana forced 17 Illinois turnovers and scored 26 points off of those Illini miscues.
White led the Hoosiers with seven rebounds, while Wilmont added six. Bassett dished out five assists in the win and White turned in three blocks and grabbed three steals on the game.
Warren Carter led Illinois with 14 points, McBride added 13 and Arnold tallied 12. Chester Frazier led the Illini with 10 boards and also grabbed three steals.
The Hoosiers will be in action next on Wednesday, Feb. 14, when they face rival Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST and can be seen live on ESPN Plus.
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