Indiana survives upset scare from Northwestern in double overtime
Indiana escaped a close call with last-place Northwestern on Wednesday night, winning 79-76.
The Hoosiers needed double overtime to secure the win. Jerome Hunter was the unlikely hero, making a fadeaway three-pointer at the buzzer of the shot clock with under 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime.
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That shot put Indiana up by four, but the work wasn’t done yet.
Northwestern’s Chase Audige responded with a 3-pointer of his own with seven seconds remaining. IU’s Aljima Durham then made two free throws to extend its lead to three points.
After the teams exchanged a pair of made free throws, Buie’s desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer came up short.
Northwestern has now lost 10 straight games dating back to an upset win over Ohio State on Dec. 26.
Audige led the way for Northwestern with 19 points on 15 shots.
For Indiana, Aljami Durham and Armaan Franklin were the main drivers of offense. They had 24 and 23 points respectively. Trayce Jackson-Davis also scored 10 points and posted 14 rebounds.
This would have been a disastrous loss for Indiana coming off of an upset win over Iowa on Sunday. The Hoosiers entered this game ranked No. 27 in KenPom, while the Wildcats were No. 71.
Indiana will now turn its attention to Ohio State on Saturday.