ILLINOIS 83, INDIANA 79 (FINAL, 2OT)
Ellis scores on a put-back, Bassett hits a 3 — that was really the killer — and then makes all eight of his free throws to give Indiana the hardest-fought win of its intriguing season.
ILLINOIS 69, INDIANA 69 (8.3, First OT)
Four straight missed free throws by Indiana. Yeesh. To waste the effort needed to get back into this game by missing simple free throws? Has to be infuriating for Sampson.
Lets see what Illinois draws up with its final play.
ILLINOIS 69, INDIANA 69 (57.9)
Hope you don’t need to get up real early tomorrow. They might just keep playing.
Crawford hits two 3s.
McCamey comes back and hits one to tie it. Over, of course, Crawford.
ILLINOIS 63, INDIANA 63 (End of 2nd half)
We’re going to over time. Why not? It’s been fun.
ILLINOIS 61, INDIANA 60 (56.1)
My view from court side was blocked by the standing Indiana coaches on that miss by D.J. White. What happened there?
ILLINOIS 59, INDIANA 58 (2:04)
Stemler hits the clutch 3.
If Indiana can pull this off some of the credit has to go Dan Dakich, who came storming off the bench after the last time out and got into the faces of Jamarcus Ellis and D.J. White. He was absolutely livid.
ILLINOIS 56, INDIANA 54 (5:43)
Time for Eric Gordon to, as they say, be a champion. On that play he used a DeAndre Thomas screen to get to the lane, then fed Jordan Crawford for an open 3.
ILLINOIS 52, INDIANA 47 (7:51)
Kyle Taber makes so many little plays. He’s constantly fighting for loose balls or batting them toward teammates.
How about that defensive play by Jordan Crawford. Anybody get the feeling he could be a pretty good player at that end if he dedicated himself there?
D.J. continues to battle. It’s 2 vs. 1 every time for him. Indiana’s fans are always going to wonder how good White — who’s been as good as any big guy in the country — could have been with more help in the front court.
ILLINOIS 49, INDIANA 42 (11:39)
Gordon pops around and hits a 3. You have to wonder how many times Indiana runs something that is supposed to result in him getting free like that. You’d think at least one out of, I don’t know, three.
Illinois is getting contributions form everybody, though. Mike Tisdale shows up and hits a shot.
ILLINOIS 42, INDIANA 32 (15:26)
Gotta figure Illinois will go right at D.J. White now that he has three fouls.
And they do. Pruitt scoops it over him.
Didn’t expect that burst of swiftness from Taber, but Indiana will take it.
McCamey’s got 17 points and the Illinois fans chant “That’s our freshman.”
ILLINOIS 40, INDIANA 30 (17:11)
Back and forth, back and forth.
Gordon pops opens and hits a 3. But then McCamey gets to the rim and draws Ellis’ third foul and has a 3-point play as a result.
At the other end, Gordon’s fouled hard and comes up grimacing. The Hoosiers work the ball into White — twice — and he gets off a tough shot over the double team. Kyle Taber’s tough work on the rebound leads to Gordon getting another shot and drawing a foul.
And McCamey continues to shine, hitting a 3.
Now D.J. White picks up his third foul. Trouble.
McCamey for 3 again. Sampson has no choice but to call time out.