Illinois upsets No. 1 Indiana

  • Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 12:54 a.m.

ILLINOIS 74, NO. 1 INDIANA 72

By DAVID MERCER

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup at the buzzer off a baseline inbounds pass and Illinois beat No. 1 Indiana 74-72 on Thursday night, the fifth straight week the nation’s top-ranked team has lost.

The Illini (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten) trailed 41-29 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.

With the score tied, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo turned the ball over and recovered to block a breakaway layup by D.J. Richardson out of bounds with less than a second to play.

Griffey, who was open after setting a screen, took the inbounds pass from Brandon Paul with .9 seconds left and gently laid the ball into the basket.

Hundreds of Illinois students rushed the court.

The upset ended a three-game losing streak for Illinois.

The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2) took over the top spot in The Associated Press’ Top 25 on Monday.

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