Illinois Stuns No. 1 Indiana
Champaign, Ill. — Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup at the buzzer off a baseline inbounds pass and Illinois beat No. 1 Indiana 74-72 last night, the fifth straight week the nation’s top-ranked team has lost.
The Illini (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten) trailed 41-29 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.
With the score tied, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo turned the ball over and recovered to block a breakaway layup by D.J. Richardson out of bounds with less than a second to play.
Griffey, who was open after setting a screen, took the inbounds pass from Brandon Paul with .9 seconds left and gently laid the ball into the basket.
The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2) took over the top spot in The Associated Press’ Top 25 on Monday.
Notre Dame Won’t Leave
Big East Right Away
South Bend, Ind. — Notre Dame will be in the Big East at least one more season.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said yesterday the university has said all along it would like to leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference before the required 27 months’ notice for departing members, but was unable to reach an agreement to do so before next season.
Men’s basketball coach Mike Brey first brought up the subject during his teleconference yesterday, saying one reason Notre Dame decided to stay another season is it believes the seven Catholic schools that have decided to leave and form their own league will remain in the Big East next season.
No. 8 Penn State 76 Indiana 54
Bloomington, Ind. — Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 20 points to lead Penn State over Indiana.
No. 9 Georgia 61, Auburn 58
Atlanta — Jasmine Hassell scored 15 points and No. 9 Georgia overcame its second-half struggles to edge Auburn, giving the Tigers their seventh straight loss.
No. 16 UNC 80
Boston College 52
Boston — North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 900th career victory when the Tar Heels beat Boston College.
Xylina McDaniel had 15 points and seven rebounds for North Carolina (21-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Tar Heels lost to No. 5 Duke on Sunday — their first home loss of the season — spoiling Hatchell’s first chance to become the third women’s coach in NCAA history to reach the milestone.
No. 18 Dayton 78, Xavier 68
Dayton, Ohio — Samantha MacKay scored 18 points and had seven assists as Dayton defeated Xavier to reach 20 victories for the sixth consecutive season.