EAST LANSING, Mich. – Indiana survived a Michigan State team that wouldn't go away, a clock that wouldn't start and a Spartan trip to the free-throw line with three shots to tie the game in the final seconds Tuesday night.
The No. 1 Hoosiers weathered all of that to come away with a 72-68 win over the No. 4 Spartans in the Breslin Center.
Indiana (24-3, 12-2) took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with the victory, and the Hoosiers may also have secured themselves a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament with their fourth win over a top-10 team this season.
The Hoosiers' win didn't come easy as the Spartans held the lead with just more than a minute to play, and then when IU had a 68-67 lead with 21.8 seconds left the clock never started after Michigan State inbounded the ball.
But order was restored and the 8 seconds were taken off the clock and Victor Oladipo was able to slip away from Michigan State's defense for a dunk and a 70-67 lead with 10.1 seconds to play.
But Michigan State's Gary Harris was able to draw a foul while attempting to make a three-pointer with 3.7 seconds left. Harris was only able to sink one of the free shots.
For more on this game, read Wednesday's Journal Gazette or return to "Eyeing IU" later tonight.