Northwestern 63, Indiana 59
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP)—Vedran Vukusic scored 23 points and Northwestern beat Indiana 63-59 on Wednesday night, the Hoosiers’ fourth straight loss.
Indiana (12-13, 6-8 Big Ten) has lost seven of eight overall and would have to win the conference tournament to avoid missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1986, the second-longest current streak for consecutive appearances.
The Wildcats (12-12, 7-6) shot 52 percent from the field in taking a 32-22 halftime lead.
Vukusic was 6-of-11 from the field and Jitim Young, who added 18 points, was 7-of-12.
Roderick Wilmont hit two 3-pointers during a 10-2 run by Indiana that tied the score at 39 with 11:28 left in the game.
But the Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run that culminated with Mohamed Hachad’s 3-pointer for a 46-39 lead with 8:36 remaining.
Bracey Wright made it a two-point game when he tipped in Marshall Strickland’s miss with 3.6 seconds left, but the Hoosiers couldn’t get any closer. T.J. Parker iced the win with two free throws with 2.9 seconds left.
The Wildcats have won four of five overall and are 5-1 at home in the Big Ten.
Wright had 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting in following up a 1-for-12 effort in Saturday’s home loss to Ohio State.
Strickland had 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting as Indiana shot 38 percent for the game and never got untracked against Northwestern’s matchup zone defense.