Indiana 56, Indiana St. 52
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)—Marshall Strickland made three free throws in the final 12 seconds Tuesday night to help Indiana hold off Indiana State 56-52.
The Hoosiers (1-0) looked sluggish early, but Bracey Wright scored 20 points and Strickland added 13 to help the Hoosiers end a two-game losing streak against the Sycamores. It was Indiana’s seventh straight season-opening win and its first victory over Indiana State since Nov. 14, 1998.
The Hoosiers are now 18-2 in season openers at Assembly Hall.
The Sycamores (1-1) were led by David Moss with 15 points and Amani Daanish, who had 14 points and nine rebounds.
But the game was dominated by defense. Indiana State shot 40.7 percent, Indiana 43.8 percent.
Twice in the second half, it appeared Indiana might pull away. Both times, though, the Sycamores charged back, finally tying it at 50 when Tyson Schnitker drove past Errek Suhr for a layup with 3:31 left.
Pat Ewing Jr. made 1 of 2 free throws to give Indiana the lead, and then Indiana’s defense kept the Sycamores scoreless on four straight possessions.
The Sycamores got within 53-52 on Moss’ 5-foot runner with 21.7 seconds left, but Strickland sealed the victory by making two free throws, picking off an Indiana State pass and then making 1 of 2 free throws with 3.1 seconds left.