Brian Randle drives to the basket during the first half.
Feb. 8, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Indiana's Armon Bassett Bassett scored 11 of his 16 points in the second overtime, and No. 14 Indiana rallied to beat Illinois 83-79 Thursday night.
Illinois' Calvin Brock had just converted a runner, cutting Indiana's lead to 79-76, when Eric Gordon got called for a 10-second violation with 26 seconds left. But The Illini's Demetri McCamey dribbled the ball off his knee and out of bounds.
Bassett then hit two free throws, and he converted two more to make it 83-79 with five seconds left following a 3-pointer by McCamey, who scored a career-high 31 points.
With that Indiana (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten) could exhale. The Hoosiers, who trailed by 12 early in the second half, have won two straight since back-to-back losses against Connecticut and Wisconsin. And they earned this win - their first at Illinois since 1999 - even though Gordon was out of sync early on.
The Big Ten's leading scorer, Gordon missed all four shots in the first half before starting the second with a 3-pointer.
The Hoosiers led 60-59 after Gordon hit both ends of a one-and-one with 2:04 left in regulation.
Illinois regained the lead when McCamey raced for a layup with 56 seconds left, and things were looking good for Illinois after Lance Stemler missed a corner jumper. The Illini's Calvin Brock grabbed the rebound, and Chester Frazier hit two free throws to make it 63-60 with 40 seconds left.
But Gordon banked in a 25-foot 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to tie it.
The Illini's Shaun Pruitt then missed the front end of a one-and-one with 4 seconds remaining in regulation.
In the first overtime, back-to-back 3-pointers by Jordan Crawford gave Indiana a 69-66 lead, but McCamey buried one of his own to tie it with just under a minute left.
The Hoosiers' Jamarcus Ellis missed two free throws with 29.5 seconds left, and the Illini's Pruitt missed two with two seconds left, sending it into another OT.