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Tyler Griffey’s buzzer-beater lifts Illinois over No. 1 Indiana

Tyler Griffey was riding high after his uncontested layup at 0.9 seconds lifted the Illini over the No. 1 Hoosiers, 74-72.
Tyler Griffey was riding high after his uncontested layup at 0.9 seconds lifted the Illini over the No. 1 Hoosiers, 74-72.Credit: john dixon/associated press

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 in Champaign, Ill., 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.

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Griffey, open after setting a screen, took the inbounds pass from Brandon Paul with 0.9 seconds left and gently laid the ball in the basket.

The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2) took over the top spot in the Associated Press’s Top 25 Monday.

Duke 98, N.C. State 85 — Mason Plumlee scored 30 points and the No. 4 Blue Devils held on to beat the Wolfpack in Durham, N.C.

Seth Curry added 26 points and Quinn Cook had 21 for the Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Richard Howell had 15 of his 23 points in the second half for the Wolfpack (16-7, 5-5), who clawed back in it by making 12 of their first 14 shots of the second half.

Gonzaga 82, Pepperdine 56 — Kevin Pangos had 14 points to lead four players in double figures as the No. 6 Bulldogs easily handled the visiting Waves. Kelly Olynyk added 13 points, Kyle Dranginis had 11, and Przemek Karnowski scored 10 as Gonzaga earned its fifth straight to move to 22-2. Pepperdine, led by Stacy Davis with 16 points, fell to 10-13.

Nikolas Skouen had 12 points and Austin Mills scored 10 for the Waves, who lost their fourth straight.

Colorado 48, Oregon 47 — Andre Roberson scored with 29 seconds left, capping the Buffaloes’ game-closing 8-0 run, and the visitors handed the No. 19 Ducks their third straight loss.

Roberson finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Buffaloes (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12). E.J. Singler scored 14 points for the Ducks (18-5, 7-3), who had their 20-game home winning streak snapped.

Texas A&M 70, Missouri 68 — Fabyon Harris had 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, to help the Aggies over the No. 21 Tigers in College Station, Texas.

The loss dropped the Tigers (16-6, 5-4 SEC) to 0-5 in true road games. They have won three games at neutral sites this season.

Bryant 84, St. Francis (N.Y.) 77 — Dynami Sparks and Alex Francis combined for 48 points and Frankie Dobbs had a double-double as the first-place Bulldogs earned another Northeast Conference victory, downing the Terriers in Smithfield, R.I.

Sparks scored 25 points and Francis 23 for the Bulldogs (16-6, 9-2). Dobbs — coming off a career-best 27 points against Monmouth — scored 12 points and dished 13 assists.

LIU Brooklyn 81, Central Conn. 75 — Jamal Olasewere scored 25 points with 14 rebounds as the Blackbirds pulled away from the Blue Devils in Northeast Conference action in New Britain.

Coming off a 60-57 loss to Robert Morris that snapped their six-game winning streak, the Blackbirds (12-11, 7-4) scored the first 8 points.

Sacred Heart 77, Fairleigh Dickinson 70 — Shane Gibson hit four 3-pointers and scored 27 points as the Pioneers downed the Knights in Fairfield, Conn.

Steve Glowiak added 14 points and Louis Montes 13 for the Pioneers (9-13, 7-4 NEC).

Melquan Bolding scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and Trevor Charles had 12 points for the Knights (7-17, 2-9).

Quinnipiac 79, Monmouth 63 — Ike Azotam and Shaq Shannon each scored 18 points as the Bobcats beat the Hawks in Hamden, Conn., for the seventh consecutive time.

Ousmane Drame added 12 points and nine rebounds while Evan Conti had 11 points for Quinnipiac (10-13, 6-5 NEC).

Women

North Carolina 80, Boston College 52 — North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 900th career victory when the No. 16 Tar Heels beat the host Eagles.

Xylina McDaniel had 15 points and seven rebounds for North Carolina (21-3, 9-2 ACC). The Tar Heels lost to No. 5 Duke on Sunday — their first home loss of the season — spoiling Hatchell’s first chance to become the third women’s coach in NCAA history to reach the milestone.

Hatchell joins Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt in the women’s 900-win club.

Nicole Boudreau scored 16 points and Kristen Doherty added 13 with seven rebounds for Boston College (9-13, 3-8).

Penn State 76, Indiana 54 — Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 20 points to lead the No. 8 Lady Lions over the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.

Georgia 61, Auburn 58 — Jasmine Hassell scored 15 points and the No. 9 Lady Bulldogs overcame their second-half struggles in Atlanta to give the Tigers their seventh straight loss.

Kentucky 79, Arkansas 74 — Bria Goss scored 16 of her 17 points after halftime as the No. 10 Wildcats (20-3, 8-2 SEC) beat the Razorbacks (15-8, 3-7) in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tennessee 64, LSU 62— Bashaara Graves made a late steal and soon after scored inside with a second left to help the No. 12 Lady Vols narrowly avert a second straight upset with a victory over the Tigers.

Northeastern 59, Hofstra 57 — Jewel Tunstull hit a jumper in the paint with one second left to seal the victory for the Huskies in Hempstead, N.Y. A’lece Mark led NU with 16 points, including 10 in the second half. Deanna Kerkhof had 14 points and Tunstull had 13 for the Huskies (13-8, 6-4 CAA).

Butler 60, URI 45 — Daress McClung had 19 points and Liz Stratman added 12 to lift the Bulldogs over the Rams in Indianapolis. Hannah Douglass added 11 points for Butler (14-8, 5-2 Atlantic 10). The Rams were led by Tayra Melendez with 13 points and Symone Bullard with 10 while falling to 5-17 and 0-7.

Saint Louis 59, UMass 50 — Jasmine Watson scored a game-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds but the host Billikens (10-12) used a strong second- half run to overcome the visiting Minutewomen (3-20). Saint Louis was led by Lorreal Jones with 13 points.

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