Hoosiers edged by Illini in OT
March 9, 2007
CHICAGO - The Indiana basketball team went to overtime for the first time this season, but was defeated in OT by Illinois, 58-54. Armon Bassett led the Hoosiers with 18 points, while D.J. White scored 14 and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for the Hoosiers (20-10).
Although the Illini stormed out to a 6-0 lead early in the game, Indiana rallied back to pull a head. The Hoosiers were up by as many as eight points in the first half, 22-14 with 6:06 remaining. Illinois made a late charge to cut the lead to three, 24-21, at the half.
With Indiana up, 30-24 with 16:02 remaining in the second half, Illinois went on a 7-0 run to take a one point lead, 30-31 with 13:43 left. They would hold as much as a four-point advantage in the second half.
Indiana held a four-point lead twice in the final 4:16 of regulation. Up 50-46 with 2:13 left to play after a Bassett 3-pointer, Warren Carter and Trent Meacham each hit two free-throws to knot the score at 50 all with 1:11 remaining. A total of three baskets were missed in the closing moments to send the game into overtime.
Illinois opened up a five-point lead in the extra stanza off of three free-throws and a lay-up, 55-50 with 17 seconds remaining. An A.J. Ratliff tip-in brought the Hoosiers back within three before Meacham sank a free-throw to put Illinois up four.
A lay-up by Earl Calloway cut the lead to two with three seconds remaining, but that was as close as the Hoosiers would get. Meacham sank two from the charity stripe with two ticks on the clock to ice the victory for Illinois.
In addition to White and Bassett, Ratliff also scored in double figures for Indiana, with 11 points. Calloway tied his career-high with nine rebounds, all of which came on the defensive end.
Shaun Pruitt scored 16 points with 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Carter led the Illini with 17 points.
Indiana will now seek an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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