No. 13 Indiana Loses Heartbreaker To No. 15 Wisconsin
Feb. 13, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Last week, the bank helped Indiana on the road. This week it helped visiting Wisconsin at Assembly Hall. Brian Butch banked in a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left, the last of Wisconsin's 11 3s, and the 15th-ranked Badgers held on for a 68-66 victory over No. 13 Indiana on Wednesday night.
Last week, Indiana's Eric Gordon hit a 23-foot bank shot which tied the game at Illinois to force overtime before the Hoosiers won in the second overtime.
Tonight, Gordon had given the Hoosiers a 66-65 lead with 17 seconds left with two free throws. After Butch banked in the game winner, the Hoosiers had a great open look on a three-pointer by Jamarcus Ellis, but the shot hit the back of the iron and Wisconsin earned its first win in Bloomington since 2004.
"I've done that both ways over the years (calling timeout with 4.5 seconds to go), said IU Coach Kelvin Sampson. "The argument is that if you do call a timeout there is chance for them to get their defense set, get the right guys on the court. Makes it a little bit tougher. We've done it both ways. I probably would have liked to have seen the ball in Eric or Armon's hands in that situation. Although Tone is not as good a shooter as those guys, he has the knack or reputation. We've seen him do it in practice and in games earlier in the season, hitting the big shot. He had a clean look. If he scores the basket, it is a good play. You didn't call a timeout, you got it up the court and got a good shot and it goes in. If it doesn't go in `why didn't you call the timeout?' I do the same thing to myself."
Wisconsin is now 20-4 and 10-2 in the league, while Indiana falls to 20-4 and 9-2 in the conference. It was the Hoosiers first Big Ten loss at home since the 2006 season.
After leading 37-36 at halftime, Indiana had its biggest lead of the second half at 46-40 with 15:22 to go. But Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon cut the lead in half with his sixth three-pointer of the game and the remainder of the game was a classic Big Ten slugfest with both teams displaying grit and heart.
Gordon, who finished with 23 points including 17 in the second half, consistently drove inside and made back-to-back baskets to twice erase Badger leads at 55-54 and 57-56. His jumper with 4:32 to go allowed IU to push the adge to 59-56.
Three times in the final three minutes, Wisconsin used tip-in's off of missed shots to keep itself in the game. With IU leading 60-58, Butch scored off of a miss by Bohannon to tie the score. Following a Hoosier turnover, Trevon Hughes made one of two from the line to give Wisconsin a 61-60 lead with 1:36 left.
Sophomore Armon Bassett made a driving layup to put the Hoosiers back in front at 62-61. Butch would make a layup to give UW the edge, but senior D.J. White hit a 12-footer in the lane to make it 64-63 IU with 43 ticks left. White finished the game with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Senior Marcus Landry would tip in his own miss as Wisconsin would gain the edge once more. However Gordon hit his ninth and tenth free throw to give IU its last lead at 66-65.
The Hoosiers led for most of the first half and built a 23-14 lead with behind White who made all six of shots to start the game. Wisconsin would regain the lead at 34-32. Indiana went into the locker room with a 37-36 edge at intermission.
"My shots were there," said White. "They were basically the same shots I took in the first half. I just missed them. The shots I took, they were good shots; they just didn't fall."
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