Feb. 27, 2005
By STEVE HERMAN
AP Sports Writer
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 No. 10 Michigan State 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 lead, 28-17.
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.