Hoosiers avoid another last-second heartbreaker

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- D.J. White scored six of his 16
points in the second overtime to lift Indiana to a thrilling 75-73
victory over intrastate rival Purdue on Saturday.

White's size and athleticism was too much for Purdue underneath
as he hit a short jumper and two layups to give the Hoosiers
control after a wild finish to the first overtime period.

After a questionable foul call on Purdue's Andrew Ford in the
first overtime, Marshall Strickland hit two free throws with .9
seconds left for a 63-61 lead.

Ford then heaved a pass the length of the court to Carl Landry,
who caught the ball in between two IU defenders, was fouled and
made a layup. After reviewing the play, officials determined that
Landry was fouled before the buzzer sounded and gave him
continuation on the layup.

Indiana coach Mike Davis was furious with the ruling, tearing
off his jacket and having to be restrained by Bracey Wright as he
shouted at officials.

Landry then had a chance to win the game, but his free throw was
off the mark.

After opening the second overtime with a jumper by David Teague,
who led Purdue with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Indiana went on a
7-0 run to take a 70-65 lead with 1:25 to play.

The Boilermakers refused to go away, getting 3-pointers from
Xavier Price and Teague to close the gap to 74-73 with 5.7 seconds

Wright, who finished with 23 points, then hit one free throw,
and Brandon McKnight missed a desperation heave at the buzzer,
giving the Hoosiers (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten) their fifth win in six games
after a six-game losing streak.

Landry had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the
Boilermakers (4-10, 0-4 Big Ten), who have lost four in a row and
five of their last six.

In a difficult 25th and final season for Purdue coach Gene
Keady, this loss may have been the toughest yet.

Purdue led for most of the first 30 minutes before Indiana
ripped off a 14-0 run to take a 36-32 lead with 11:30 to play.
Wright hit two jumpers during the spurt and freshman A.J. Ratliff
blocked a 3-pointer by Price and raced the other way for a dunk.
Ratliff then stole another pass and fed James Hardy for a layup and
to cap the run.

But Purdue battled back, tying the game at 49 on a 3-pointer by
Ford with just under three minutes to play.

Teague gave the Boilermakers a 55-52 lead with 25.6 seconds left
in regulation, but Strickland raced back and converted a
three-point play to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Robert Vaden added 11 points and six rebounds for Indiana.

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