Indiana 80, Xavier 77, OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Bracey Wright scored eight of his 27 points in overtime, including a go-ahead three-point play with 35.3 seconds left, to rally Indiana for an 80-77 victory over Xavier on Saturday.
Wright shot 9-for-18 from the field and had seven rebounds and three assists to lead the Hoosiers (2-1), who won in their first Wooden Tradition appearance.
Xavier (3-2) lost its second straight despite leading for all but 51 seconds of the final nine minutes. The Musketeers were led by Romain Sato, who had 19 points before fouling out, and Will Caudle, who had a career-high 18 points.
Indiana looked as if it would coast after shooting 57.7 percent in the first half and building a 38-24 lead.
But the Hoosiers shot 3-for-15 to start the second half, and Xavier charged back, using a 9-0 run to take a 54-50 lead with 6:02 left.
The Musketeers still led 67-64 until Wright tied it with a three-point play with 16.6 seconds left.
Xavier had a chance to win, but Lionel Chalmers’ 12-footer bounced off the rim and time expired.
In overtime, the Musketeers built a 75-70 lead, but the Hoosiers rallied in the final 2:14.
Trailing 77-75, Wright scored on a breakaway lay-up and drew a foul. His free throw gave Indiana a 78-77 lead. Donald Perry followed that with two free throws with 11.6 seconds left to make it 80-77.
Xavier had a chance to tie, but Chalmers missed a 3-pointer and Wright grabbed the rebound to end the game.
Sean Kline added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers.