Posted February 07, 2013 on AP on Fox
Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup at the buzzer off a baseline inbounds pass and Illinois beat No. 1 Indiana 74-72 on Thursday night, the fifth straight week the nation's top-ranked team has lost. The Illini (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten) trailed 41-29 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36. With the score tied, Indiana's Victor Oladipo turned the ball over and recovered to block a breakaway layup by D.J. Richardson out of bounds with less than a second to play. Griffey, who was open after setting a screen, took the inbounds pass from Brandon Paul with .9 seconds left and gently laid the ball into the basket. Hundreds of Illinois students rushed the court, but held their collective breath while the officials checked replays to make sure Griffey had beaten the clock. They erupted once more when the officials signaled the shot was good, and Paul and Richardson hugged and cried. The upset ended a three-game losing streak for Illinois. The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2) took over the top spot in The Associated Press' Top 25 on Monday. Richardson had 23 points for Illinois, Paul had 21 and Griffey finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. This was Illinois' third win over a No. 1 team and first since beating Wake Forest in 2004. Cody Zeller led Indiana with 14 points, while Will Sheehey had 13, Christian Watford 12 and Jordan Hulls 11. Indiana shot 50 percent from the field (25 of 50), 52.9 percent from 3-point range (9 of 17) and 93 percent from the free throw line (13 of 14). The Hoosiers led by an 8- to 10-point margin for most of the second half. When 6-foot-11 Nnanna Egwu fouled out with just under 5 minutes to play, the Hoosiers looked in control. Egwu is the only Illini player with the size to realistically match up with the 7-0 Zeller. Watford made two free throws after Egwu's fifth foul and, at 69-59, the Illini looked done. But with the clock under 3 minutes, Richardson went on a run of his own, first burying consecutive 3-pointers and then hitting a midrange jumper on the run to tie the game at 70 with 1:17 to play. Oladipo's layup put the Hoosiers back on top with 50 seconds left, but Paul answered with two free throws, the first banked in, to tie the score again at 72. With the clock under 30 seconds, Indiana had the ball for what would have been a last shot but Oladipo committed the turnover. Griffey was benched several weeks ago as Illinois' slump dragged on. On a team that had lost its shooting touch, the senior forward had grown especially cold. And, though one of Illinois' bigger players at 6-9, he wasn't adding much to the inside presence the Illini desperately needed. Sheehey slammed a two-handed dunk home over Griffey, screaming as he stood just a few inches from the face of the Illinois forward. The taunt drew a technical - and an eye roll from Hoosiers coach Tom Crean - but with just over a minute left in the half it made the score 39-25, effectively muzzled a near-capacity crowd and drove home the point that the game had tilted Indiana's way as they led 41-29 at halftime.

Illinois’ Tyler Griffey Hits Game-Winning Layup To Upset No. 1 Indiana

Illinois’ Tyler Griffey brought down the house when he hit the game-winning layup to upset No. 1 ranked Indiana. With just under twenty seconds left and the game tied 72-72, Indiana guard Victor Oladipo tried to make a move to get off a potential game-winning shot, but dribbled off of his leg, turning the ball over to Indiana guard D.J. Richardson who pushed it up the floor only...

Illinois Beats No.1 Indiana on Buzzer Beater (Video)

 Unranked Illinois took out the top ranked Indiana Hoosiers tonight 74-72.  The game winning shot came from a Tyler Griffey layup.  With .09 seconds left on the clock Tyler broke free and got an uncontested layup for the victory.  Talk about a break down in defense. Check out the highlights from the game below. Check out our Home Page for more stories and follow us on...

Illini buzzer-beater upsets No. 1 Hoosiers, 74-72

Like the team he plays for, 2013 has been one long slump for Illinois forward Tyler Griffey. The senior lost his shooting touch and then his starting job as the Illini, once ranked No. 10 in the country, turned a 12-0 start to the season into a flop that saw them fall toward the bottom of the Big Ten standings. With less than a second left on the clock Thursday night, though, Griffey...

Video: Marist Hits 65-foot Buzzer Beater to Force 2nd OT

The talk in college basketball today is all about Tyler Griffey’s layup as time expired to give Illinois an upset win over top-ranked Indiana. While no play last night had a bigger impact on the landscape of college basketball, Marist’s Chavaughn Lewis gave us a more impressive buzzer beater. With Lewis’s Red Foxes trailing the host Iona Gaels by three points in overtime with...

Friday Audibles: Change is coming

Good luck up there in the Northeast! Throw The Flag Loucheiz Purifoy arrested for marijuana possession The Big Lead Illinois Beat No. 1 Indiana on This Layup at the Buzzer by Tyler Griffey Diehard Sport Derrick Nix lands on a cheerleader trying to save the basketball Larry Brown Sports Texas Tech fans fax Tommy Tuberville menu from restaurant where he supposedly ditched recruits...

Illinois 74, No. 1 Indiana 72

At this rate, no one will want to be No. 1. Indiana became the fifth straight top-ranked men's college basketball team to lose, falling to unranked Illinois 74-72 on a buzzer-beater by Tyler Griffey on Thursday night. The senior forward took an inbounds pass with 0.9 seconds to play and made a wide-open layup. And, just like that, the Hoosiers - who moved into the top spot...

BUZZER BEATER: Top Ranked Indiana Shot Down At Illinois 74-72

In this wide open year in college basketball a top ranking in the polls is more of a curse than a badge of honor. Indiana was the latest victim last night in Champaign, Illinois losing to Illinois 74-72. That will be the easiest buzzer beater Illinois senior forward Tyler Griffey will ever make. "I just made a simple curl cut and left two guys...

Illinois coming off its best win of season

MINNEAPOLIS Seemingly every night in the Big Ten, there's a big shot or a thrilling finish. Saturday, it was Wisconsin taking down No. 3 Michigan in overtime thanks in part to a last-second halfcourt shot. Two days earlier, it was unranked Illinois knocking off the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers on a wide-open layup at the buzzer by Tyler Griffey. Now, the No. 18 Gophers get...

Indiana vs. Illinois By The Numbers: Turnovers

There’s just no time to relax in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers were reminded of that the hard way on Thursday night, squandering a 14 point lead to an inferior Illinois team, and ultimately losing at the buzzer, 74-72. A stunned Hoosiers team walks off the court dejectedly following Illinois’ game-winning shot as time expired. (Herald-Times/Chris Howell) Tied at 72 with 0.9 seconds...
College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.