John Dixon / Associated Press

Illinois' Tyler Griffey and fans watch his winning shot go into the basket as the Illini defeated No. 1 Indiana in Champaign, Ill., on Thursday night.

Another team is No. 1 and done

Published: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 12:20 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 - 2:09 pm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Tyler Griffey made the easiest and biggest shot of his career.

The senior forward took an inbound pass and made a wide-open layup with 0.9 seconds to play to give Illinois a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana on Thursday night, the fifth straight week the nation's top-ranked team lost.

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean, whose team has been No. 1 for a total of seven weeks this season, doesn't have a reason for the recent weekly changes on top of the poll.

"I can't answer that. I'm not sure," Crean said. "I just know that these games are 40-minute games. We played at a high level for most of the game."

The Hoosiers were in charge until the final 31/2 minutes, when the Illini (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten Conference) put together a run to take and then retake the lead.

And nothing could have been worse for the Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2) than the way the game ended.

With 0.9 seconds left, Griffey left defenders Cody Zeller and Christian Watford behind on an inbound play from the baseline, took the pass from Brandon Paul and delivered the uncontested buzzer beater for the Illini.

Griffey seemed surprised with the ease he was able to make the game-winner.

"I just made a simple curl cut and left two guys behind me, and Brandon got off a heck of a pass," he said. "Zeller and Watford were both right in front of me and just kind of stayed there."

Crean, whose team just moved back into the No. 1 spot after knocking off then-No. 1 Michigan on Saturday, said the play was a lot like the other breakdowns in the Hoosiers' game that let Illinois climb back from a 12-point halftime deficit.

"We didn't communicate," he said.

No. 4 Duke 98, North Carolina State 85 in Durham, N.C. – Mason Plumlee scored 30 points, Seth Curry had 26 and Quinn Cook 21 for Duke.

The Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) didn't trail, shot 53.8 percent from the field, led by 21 points and held off a Wolfpack rally to claim their fourth straight win.

Richard Howell had 15 of his 23 points in the second half for North Carolina State (16-7, 5-5).

UCLA 59, Washington 57 in Los Angeles – With the game on the line and the clock ticking down, Shabazz Muhammad always wants to take the last shot for the Bruins.

This time, he didn't get the chance.

Larry Drew II ignored Muhammad clapping for the ball at the top of the key and launched a jumper at the buzzer, lifting UCLA (17-6, 7-3 Pacific-12 Conference) to victory over the Huskies (13-10, 5-5), ending a two-game skid.

"The defense pretty much dictated it," Drew II said. "My eyes were on the rim, and I just had an opening and had confidence in my shot."

Muhammad had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Bruins.

Arizona State 66, Cal 62 in Tempe, Ariz. – Evan Gordon scored 23 points, and Ruslan Pateev had 12 points and eight rebounds as the Sun Devils held on to beat the Bears.

Arizona State (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12) went up 16 points after a 17-3 run in the first half and kept the lead around double digits until Cal (13-9, 5-5) tightened up defensively in the closing minutes.

Colorado 48, No. 19 Oregon 47 in Eugene, Ore. – Andre Roberson scored the game-winner with 29 seconds left, capping Colorado's game-closing 8-0 run as the Buffaloes (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12) handed the Ducks (18-5, 7-3) their third straight loss.

Cal Poly 67, Pacific 62 in San Luis Obispo – Chris Eversley scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Mustangs (10-11, 6-5 Big West Conference) over the Tigers (13-9, 7-3).

Montana 73, Northern Colorado 63 in Missoula, Mont. – Kareem Jamar scored 18 points to lead the Grizzlies (17-4, 13-0) over the Bears (6-15, 4-9) and to their 13th straight victory and 24th in a row in the Big Sky Conference. Jamar also had eight rebounds and seven assists for Montana.


No. 12 Tennessee 64, LSU 62 in Baton Rouge, La. – Bashaara Graves made a late steal and soon after scored inside with a second left to help the Lady Vols (18-5, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) beat the Tigers (13-10, 4-6) and narrowly avert a second straight upset. Tennessee was coming off an 80-63 loss at Missouri.

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