Mike Woodson revealed what Rob Phinisee said in the team huddle before hitting game-winner
Rob Phinisee’s career at Indiana has had plenty of ups and downs. But the veteran guard put everything on the line on Thursday night and was the hero in the Hoosiers’ 68-65 upset victory over No. 4 Purdue.
Phinisee score 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in Indiana’s victory, but no shot was bigger than the game-winning 3-pointer he hit to put the Hoosiers ahead 66-65 with just 18 seconds to play.
That bucket proved to be the game-winner, as Purdue’s Jaden Ivey missed a jump shot that would’ve put the Boilermakers ahead. Trayce Jackson-Davis then hit a pair of free throws and Ivey missed a 3-pointer as time expired and Indiana posted its first win over Purdue since 2016.
After the game, Indiana head coach Mike Woodson revealed what Phinisee said before hitting the game-winning basket. After an outstanding night, the guard wanted the ball in his hands for the final shot.
Woodson says Phinisee told him to give him the ball. Said they had a new out of bounds play that worked out
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It was like a Hollywood script. Or, for those who have seen Hoosiers, an appropriate comparison to Jimmy Chitwood’s final comment before lifting Hickory to a state title win.
Phinisee’s bucket and big performance Thursday night helped Indiana grab its biggest win of the season and the first signature victory of the Woodson era. It could also be the spark that Phinisee needs for the rest of the season.
Indiana will be back in action on Sunday, when it hosts Michigan on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.