Illini upset No. 1 Hoosiers

DAVID MERCER Associated Press Published:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- At this rate, no one will want to be No. 1.

Indiana became the fifth straight top-ranked men's college basketball team to lose, falling to unranked Illinois 74-72 on a buzzer-beater by Tyler Griffey on Thursday night.

The senior forward took an inbounds pass with 0.9 seconds to play and made a wide-open layup. And, just like that, the Hoosiers -- who moved into the top spot by beating then-No. 1 Michigan just a few days ago -- went down.

Indiana coach Tom Crean, whose team has been No. 1 for a total of seven weeks this season after opening there, doesn't know why the top spot is suddenly so hard to hang on to.

"I can't answer that. I'm not sure," Crean said. "I just know that these games are 40-minute games. We played at a high level for most of the game."

The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) were in charge until the final 3 1/2 minutes when the Illini (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten) finally put together a run to take and then retake the lead.

"I know this: When we turn the ball over, we're not very good," Crean said. "And the biggest difference tonight was 28 points off turnovers to our 16."

Hoosiers guard Jordan Hulls said flatly that the top rank had nothing to do with Thursday's loss, even for a team that some worried might be looking past unranked, slumping Illinois to a meeting Sunday with No. 10 Ohio State.

"We just didn't execute when we needed to," he said.

Indiana's loss drops them into a three-way tie for first in the Big Ten with Michigan and Michigan State. The win moves the Illini up into a ninth-place tie with Iowa but, more importantly, provides a potential lifeline ahead of a meeting Sunday at No. 18 Minnesota.

D.J. Richardson had 23 points for Illinois, Brandon Paul had 21 and Griffey finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Cody Zeller led Indiana with 14 points, while Will Sheehey had 13, Christian Watford 12 and Jordan Hulls 11.

TOP 25

No. 4 DUKE 98, N.C. STATE 85

DURHAM, N.C. -- Mason Plumlee scored 30 points, Seth Curry had 26 and Quinn Cook added 21 for Duke (20-2, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Richard Howell had 15 of his 23 points in the second half for the Wolfpack (16-7, 5-5), who clawed back in it by making 12 of their first 14 shots of the second half.

No. 6 GONZAGA 82, PEPPERDINE 56

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kevin Pangos scored 14 points and Gonzaga beat Pepperdine for the 24th consecutive time.

Kelly Olynyk added 13 points for Gonzaga (22-2, 9-0 West Coast), which has won five straight since losing at Butler.

Stacy Davis scored 16 points to lead Pepperdine (10-13, 2-8), which has lost four straight games. Nikolas Skouen added 12 points.

COLORADO 48, No. 19 OREGON 47

EUGENE, Ore. -- Andre Roberson scored the game-winner with 29 seconds left, capping Colorado's game-closing 8-0 run and handing Oregon its third straight loss. Roberson finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Buffaloes (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12), who trailed 47-40 with just under 4 minutes to play.

E.J. Singler scored 14 points for the Ducks (18-5, 7-3), who had their 20-game home winning streak snapped.

TEXAS A&M 70, No. 21 MISSOURI 68

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Fabyon Harris had 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, for Texas A&M. The loss dropped the Tigers (16-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) to 0-5 in true road games. They have won three games at neutral sites this season.

Laurence Bowers was wide open when he hit a 3-pointer to give Missouri its first lead of the game, 68-67, with 53 seconds left. Harris turned it over on Texas A&M's next possession, but Phil Pressey gave it right back with a turnover to set up the winning score for A&M (14-8, 4-5).

OHIO COLLEGES

WRIGHT ST 70, GREEN BAY 68

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- J.T. Yoho's 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the second overtime proved to be a winner for Wright State.

Alec Brown's last-ditch jumper for the Phoenix with 1 second left missed its mark and Wright State (16-8, 7-4 Horizon), which hit 11 3-pointers while shooting 41.5 percent from the field overall, hung on for the double overtime win.

Yoho, which had 19 points, hit a 3-pointer near the end of regulation to tie it at 52 and send the two teams to the first overtime.

Brown finished with 17 points to lead Green Bay (12-12, 6-5) and Jordan Fouse had nine points and 15 rebounds.

YOUNGSTOWN ST 60, LOYOLA 59

YOUNGSTOWN -- Blake Allen's 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining lifted Youngstown State. Kendrick Perry scored 18 points for the Penguins (14-10, 6-5), which led 34-20 at halftime but saw Loyola surge back in the second half.

Devon Turk scored 11 points in the first 9 minutes of the second half as the Ramblers (13-11, 3-8) got back to within two points.

OTHER

S. DAKOTA ST 80, IPFW 74

FORT WAYNE -- Nate Wolters scored a school-record 53 points and broke another mark with nine 3-pointers as South Dakota State defeated IPFW.

Wolters' point total is the highest this season by a Division I player, bettering a 47-point performance by Oakland's Travis Bader on Jan. 24 against IUPUI. He broke Dave Thomas' school record of 44 points (March 10, 1973 vs. Coe College) and Randy Suarez's mark of eight 3-pointers (Feb. 7, 1987 vs. Augustana).

Wolters was 9 for 14 from beyond the arc, 17 for 28 overall and 10 for 11 at the free-throw line. He scored 38 of his points in the second half, helping South Dakota State (19-6, 10-2 Summit) shoot 64 percent from the floor and overcome an 11-point deficit.

Frank Gaines led IPFW (10-15, 3-8) with 29 points, and Luis Jacobo had 14. The Mastadons lost despite hitting 9 of 20 3-point attempts and outrebounding the Jackrabbits 37-29.

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