Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 25 points and Jalen Hood-Schifino delivered the basket with a dunk with two seconds left as No. 21 Indiana beat No. 1 Purdue, 79-74, on Saturday.
Zach Edey finished with 33 points and 18 rebounds for Purdue.
The Hoosiers (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten) have won both home games against their archrival under second-year coach Mike Woodson. This was Indiana’s fourth overall win at Assembly Hall over a top-ranked team.
A roaring, boisterous crowd that was on its feet for most of the game wasted no time in storming the court after the final buzzer sounded. Hood-Schifino had 16 points for the Hoosiers, who have won six of seven.
Fans storm the court after Indiana’s elimination
The Boilermakers (22-2, 11-2) were down 16 points in the first half. They had held 24 consecutive opponents to 70 points or less before the Hoosiers ended that streak.
Still, the 7-foot-4 Edey had Purdue in position to win late. He opened the second half by scoring eight of the Boilermakers’ first 10 points to cut a 15-point deficit to nine at the half.
Edey then scored the final six points on a 12-4 run that cut the deficit to 67-65 with 5:40 to play.
The Boilermakers closed to within 71-70 on Braden Smith’s layup with 2:03 left. But Race Thompson made two free throws, Hood-Schifino scored on a layup and Trey Galloway made two more free throws.
Hood-Schifino closed it out with a perfectly designed inbound pass breakaway.
Even on an unusual day, the Boilermakers showed why they are the best team in the country. Facing their arch-rival, on the road, and down by double digits for most of the first half, Edey almost single-handedly brought them back.
The Hoosiers did everything they needed to do early — make shots, push the tempo and make life difficult for the Boilermakers in general — and still struggled to close it out. But they showed their worth and why they were the preseason pick to win the Big Ten.
Purdue began Saturday as the only Division I men’s college basketball team with a loss, so a second loss might not necessarily knock them out of the top spot, especially with a close loss on the road against another ranked team. Indiana, which reappeared in the AP Top 25, solidified its ranking last week and may even move up despite losing to Maryland earlier in the week.
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