Tyler Griffey made the easiest and biggest shot of his career. The senior forward took an inbounds pass and made a wide-open layup with...
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Tyler Griffey made the easiest and biggest shot of his career.
The senior forward took an inbounds pass and made a wide-open layup with 0.9 seconds to play to give Illinois a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana on Thursday night, the fifth straight week the nation’s top-ranked team lost.
Hoosiers coach Tom Crean, whose team has been No. 1 for a total of seven weeks this season, doesn’t have a reason for the recent weekly changes on top of the poll.
“I can’t answer that. I’m not sure,” Crean said. “I just know that these games are 40-minute games. We played at a high level for most of the game.”
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The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) were in charge until the final 3 ½ minutes when the Illini (16-8, 3-7) finally put together a run to take and then retake the lead.
With 0.9 seconds left Griffey left defenders Cody Zeller and Christian Watford behind on an inbounds play from the baseline, took the pass from Brandon Paul and delivered the uncontested buzzer-beater for the Illini.
Zags women win
SAN FRANCISCO — The Gonzaga women scored a season-high 49 points in the first half en route to an 84-46 rout of San Francisco.
Taelor Karr scored 18 points for the Bulldogs (19-5, 9-1 West Coast). Sunny Greinacher had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Zhane Dikes scored 11 points for the Dons (9-14, 2-8).
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At No. 4 Duke 98, N.C. State 85
Mason Plumlee scored 30 points as Duke held on to beat North Carolina State.
Seth Curry added 26 points and Quinn Cook had 21 for the Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2 Atlantic Coast).
Richard Howell had 15 of his 23 points in the second half for the Wolfpack (16-7, 5-5), who clawed back in it by making 12 of their first 14 shots of the second half.
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• North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 900th career victory when the No. 16 Tar Heels beat host Boston College 80-52. Hatchell joins Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt in the women’s 900 club.