BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Bracey Wright scored 32 points and D.J. White added 17, including the tying basket in the closing seconds
of regulation and the go-ahead basket in overtime, to lead Indiana
to a 78-74 victory over Michigan State (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) on Sunday.
White, playing in foul trouble most of the game, scored with 17
seconds left, sending the game into overtime at 64-all. Paul Davis
put Michigan State ahead for the last time at 66-64, but he fouled
out shortly after and the Hoosiers (14-11, 9-5 Big Ten) ran off
eight straight points to clinch the victory.
Roderick Wilmont hit one free throw, White had two more baskets
and Wright put the game out of reach with a 3-pointer with 42
seconds left. The Hoosiers scored their last six points on free
throws over the final 26 seconds and took a 78-72 lead before Chris
Hill scored at the buzzer for Michigan State (20-5, 11-3).
Davis and Alan Anderson each scored 12 points for Michigan State, which had won six straight.
The Spartans trailed by 11 points late in the first half but
pulled within three at halftime and took the lead midway through
the second half on a 3-pointer by Kelvin Torbert.
Indiana went more than 4 minutes without a field goal but stayed
close at the free throw line and trailed only 60-58 on a 3-pointer
by A.J. Ratliff with 4 minutes to go. Maurice Ager then hit one
free throw and a 3-pointer to put Michigan State ahead 64-58,
matching its biggest lead of the game.
Marshall Strickland scored for Indiana and Wright pulled the
Hoosiers within two with two free throws with 1:30 remaining. After
a Michigan State turnover, the Hoosiers got the ball inside to
White, a 6-foot-9 freshman, who tied the game. A last-second miss
by Torbert sent the game to overtime.
Michigan State took a 6-0 lead, but Wright scored the next seven
points and had 13 during a 19-3 run that put the Hoosiers up by 10.
Wright had another basket and two free throws in the next 3
minutes, then a 3-pointer by Robert Vaden gave Indiana its biggest
The Spartans held Indiana scoreless for more than 5 minutes
after that, however, and two fast-break layups by Tim Bograkos led
an 11-point run that tied the game at 28 with 1:50 to go.
Strickland's 3-pointer less than a minute later gave Indiana a
31-28 halftime lead.
The victory was Indiana's 400th in 34-year-old Assembly Hall.