Indiana coach Bob Knight said his team did just about all it could do.
"At the end of the game, we really needed them (Ohio State) to not make the play. But they made the plays they needed to win," Knight said.Treg Lee hit a 10-foot baseline jumper with four seconds left in the second overtime to give No.2 Ohio State a 97-95 victory over Knight's Hoosiers.
A shootout between Indiana's Damon Bailey and Ohio State's Jim Jackson, who had career highs of 32 and 30 points respectively, still came down to Ohio State's last possession in the second overtime as Jackson set up Lee's basket.
With the score tied at 95 with 26 seconds left in the second extra period, Indiana's Eric Anderson missed a turnaround. The Buckeyes, who won Thursday night at Wisconsin on a last-second shot by Mark Baker, set up for another wild finish.
"That play at the end of the second overtime was designed for me," said Jackson. "I got double-teamed and Treg made a smart move and cut backdoor. I saw him and hit him."
Lee, who finished with 14 points, said, "Jackson made the penetration and I felt Bailey go out to double-team him and I made eye contact."
From there, it was all instinct.
"I shoot that shot every day in practice," said Lee. "It's a layup. Eric Anderson came over and I had to get it up there. It felt good going off the back of my hand, but they all do."
Lee's shot caught only net, ending Indiana's six-game winning streak, stretching Ohio State's to five in a row and giving the Buckeyes their second season sweep of the Hoosiers since Knight took over at Indiana in 1972. The Buckeyes (22-1 overall and 12-1 in the Big Ten) also took over sole possession of the top spot in the conference, while Indiana dropped to 22-3 and 10-2.
Pat Graham missed an off-balance 40-footer at the buzzer for the Hoosiers.
Knight said, "The key was we didn't get the kind of help on Jim Jackson that we needed at the end of the game."
Perry Carter finished with 22 points, Jamaal Brown 17 and Lee 14 for the Buckeyes.
Indiana got 26 points from Calbert Cheaney before he fouled out. Anderson had 20 and Matt Nover 10. Jamal Meeks had 11 assists.
"Two teams played well today," said Knight. "When that happens, both teams should have a chance to win at the end."
Only Ohio State took advantage.
Georgia Tech 62, No. 6 Arizona 56
Jon Barry scored 19 points and forced a turnover with 30 seconds to play to lead Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets (14-9) probably had to win the game to keep alive any at-large postseason chances. They did that without a big effort from Kenny Anderson, who finished with 15 points on 6-for-21 shooting with six turnovers.
Brian Williams led Arizona (20-5).
No. 20 LSU 88, Alabama 81
Shaquille O'Neal had 36 points and 19 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead to lead LSU. Five of O'Neal's points were foul shots in the final two minutes as he led LSU (17-7) into a tie with Alabama for the SEC lead at 10-4. Alabama (16-7) had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Houston 82, No. 24 Texas 73
Byron Smith's 29 points helped Houston snap a 10-game winning streak by the Longhorns (17-6, 11-2). Smith made 2 of 18 shots in his two previous games, both Houston losses. But Saturday he combined with Alvaro Teheran, who had 22 for Houston (15-8, 7-5). Locksley Collie led Texas with 24.
Late Saturday game
UNLV 86, New Mexico State 74
Anderson Hunt scored 27 points and Larry Johnson added 18 to lead UNLV (22-0, 13-0 Big West) to its 33rd straight victory. Reggie Jordan led the Aggies (19-3, 11-2) with 18 points.