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Here is Jeremy Hogan’s sequence of photos from the final play of the game.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Indiana took Michigan State beyond regulation and had a chance to upset the Spartans in overtime, but fell just short when the Spartans took the lead on a hook shot by Draymond Green and the Hoosiers failed to score on their final possession, giving the Spartans an 84-83 win in front of 14,797 at the Breslin Center.
Green, who also hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds to go to force overtime, had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Michigan State senior point guard Kalin Lucas led all scorers with 26 points to go with four assists. Senior swingman Durrell Summers had 17 points and junior forward Delvon Roe had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Indiana got impressive outings from almost everyone who touched the floor. Sophomore forward Christian Watford had 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and was one of five Hoosiers in double figures. Sophomore guard Jordan Hulls had 17 to go with four assists. Junior guard Matt Roth had 12 points, knocking down four of five 3-point attempts. Freshman guard Victor Oladipo was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points, and senior guard Jeremiah Rivers had 10 points.
The Hoosiers had a lead of as great as 12 points in the first half, and had a chance to put the game away late. However, Rivers missed the front end of a crucial one and one when the Hoosiers were up three points, and Lucas dashed down the middle of the lane for a layup that cut it to one. Rivers got another chance at the line and missed the first free throw but made the second, giving the Spartans the ball with a chance to tie it. They did when Green grabbed an offensive rebound and drew a foul underneath, then made both free throws. Hulls tried to draw a foul on a desperation heave, but was denied.
After Green’s hook in overtime, the Hoosiers had the ball with around 20 seconds left. Hulls tried to drive but ran into Derrick Nix. The ball was knocked loose and a tie-up was called with 1.2 seconds to go. IU kept the ball and had one shot, but Hulls missed from the left wing to end the game.
Matt Weaver from Peegs is reporting that Indiana claimed to verbal commitments from offensive linemen over the weekend.
The first is David Kaminski, a 6-foot-4, 275-pounder from Strongsville (Ohio) High School. He chose Indiana over offers from Duke, Toledo, Bowling Green and Ball State. The second is Gregory Lewis, a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder from Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna High School. He picked IU over Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Massachusetts.
There will apparently be no availability for Indiana today with the team traveling to Michigan State, Tom Crean’s old stomping grounds. This is a shame, because we were really hoping to use this period of good feeling to ask the sort of light-hearted goofy questions we hadn’t had a chance to ask yet. Hugh had something plotted about facial hair. Sigh.
But anyway, J.D. Campbell came through with some quotes from Crean for us for use in previews. They follow. Verdell Jones’ status, you will learn at the bottom, is still unknown.
TOM CREAN ON THE MICHIGAN STATE GAME
On his impressions of Michigan State
They are tough and fast team who hit the offensive boards as well as anyone we will see. With their speed, we will have to really be at our best with our transition defense as well.
The key was to not think about the duck feces.
Honestly, that was not difficult — I was more focused on the few-hundred impromptu swimmers. I was more concerned about just how fast the goal posts had sunk to the bottom of the duck pond.
The coldness of the water and the unsanitary nature of swimming in a pond inhabited year-round by ducks was just something to be dealt with, a thought to be pushed aside.
That’s because the play that remains, eight years later, the greatest I’ve ever seen in person had just happened.
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