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Wednesday’s basketball: Indiana beats Penn State at buzzer

Detroit News staff and wires

State College, Pa. — Shep Garner gathered his teammates along Penn State’s bench to remind them they needed one more stop to head to overtime.

Indiana’s James Blackmon was ready to head home, however.

Blackmon took an in-bounds pass with less than five seconds to go, sprinted down the court and drained a 3-pointer to lift the Hoosiers to a 78-75 win over Penn State on Wednesday night.

Blackmon, Thomas Bryant and Robert Johnson all scored 17 points for the Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) who survived a late Penn State rally.

“They definitely grew up,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “It wasn’t easy, but they definitely earned the victory. It would’ve been a shame if they hadn’t gotten this win because they earned it.”

Tony Carr scored a career-best 24 points and Garner added 15 for the Nittany Lions (11-8, 3-3) who trailed by 14 with 9:19 left. Garner brought Penn State within striking distance with a 3-pointer that cut it to 75-73 with 39 seconds to play.

It was the second straight win for the Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) who took control by halftime and led the entire second half until a pair of Lamar Stevens free throws tied the game with less than five seconds left.

“I’m really proud of the kids, the way they fought back,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “I felt like Penn State really hurt Penn State tonight, missed layups, little things. If we shoot better from the free-throw line, maybe the outcome’s different.”

More Big Ten

Ohio State 67, (at) Nebraska 66: Marc Loving scored off an inbounds pass from C.J. Jackson with less than a second to play. Tai Webster had driven for Nebraska’s go-ahead layup with 35 seconds left, and Ohio State played for the last shot. Loving missed a 3-pointer, but JaQuan Lyle got the rebound under the basket, and the Buckeyes were able to call timeout with 1.9 seconds left.

Loving moved freely into the lane after Glynn Watson Jr. fell down, and his soft shot bounced on the rim before dropping through with 0.6 seconds left. Nebraska couldn’t get off a final shot.

Loving had 15 points, and Lyle and Jae’Sean Tate added 13 each for the Buckeyes (12-7, 2-4 Big Ten).

Webster had 18 points to lead the Huskers (9-9, 3-3), who have lost three straight.

State women

(At) Central Michigan 80, Miami (Ohio) 61: Tinara Mooore scored 23 and added 10 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Chippewas (14-4, 6-0) in a rout to stay unbeaten in conference play. Cassie Breen added 17 points. For Miami (7-12, 1-5), Lauren Dickerson led the way with 19 points, including three 3-pointers.

(At) Western Michigan 75, Bowling Green 58: Deja Wimby scored 20 and Breanna Mobley 19 on 9-for-10 shooting as Western Michigan (12-3, 3-1 MAC) cruised to victory. Marley Hill added 15 points for WMU, which shot 48.4 percent. For Bowling Green (5-11, 1-3), Andrea Cecil had 13 points.

(At) Ball State 78, Eastern Michigan 49: The Eagles managed just 20 points in the first half in falling on the road. Sheyna Deans led Eastern (5-16, 0-6 MAC) with 20 points, and Sasha Dailey added 13. Renee Bennett led four Ball State (12-6, 5-1) players in double figures with 19 points.

Top 25 men

Oklahoma 89, (at) No. 7 West Virginia 87: Kristian Doolittle scored six of his 12 in overtime and Jordan Woodard’s layup with 2.2 seconds left lifted Oklahoma to an upset.

Woodard scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime in his second start since missing four games with a leg injury.

After scoring 27 points in a win over Texas Tech on Saturday, Woodard made a jumper with 3.1 seconds left in regulation that tied it at 77-77, then made two baskets in the final minute of overtime to send the Mountaineers (15-3, 4-2 Big 12) to their first home loss of the season.

Freshman Kameron McGusty added 17 points for Oklahoma (8-9, 2-4) in just his third start.

Jevon Carter scored a season-high 23 for West Virginia.

(At) No. 10 Florida State 83, No. 15 Notre Dame 80: Jonathan Isaac scored 23 points, including 17 in the second half, as Florida State held off Notre Dame 83-80 to move into a three-way tie atop the Atlantic Coast Conference at the one-third mark in conference play.

Isaac, who had 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double, scored nine during an 11-1 run that helped the Seminoles take control. FSU trailed 64-62 with 5:40 remaining before Isaac buried a 3-pointer to start the run.

Dwayne Bacon added 11 points for Florida State (17-2, 5-1), which has won 16 straight at home and is tied with Notre Dame and North Carolina for the conference lead.

Steve Vasturia scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Fighting Irish (16-3, 5-1), who were 15-for-21 on 3-pointers.

No. 16 Virginia 71, (at) Boston College 54: Devon Hall scored 13 and Isaiah Wilkins had 11 points and nine rebounds before heading to the bench early in the victory.

None of the Cavaliers played more than 25 minutes as they rested up for next week’s games against No. 15 Notre Dame and top-ranked Villanova. Virginia (14-3, 4-2 ACC) beat BC for the fourth straight time.

Connor Tava scored 12 points with a season-high 11 rebounds and Jordan Chatman had 16 points for the Eagles (9-10, 2-4).

Virginia scored the first six points of the game and then scored 15 straight points later in the first half to turn an 8-8 tie into a double-digit lead it never relinquished. The Cavaliers added a 9-2 run at the end of the first half and, after going without a basket for the first 5 minutes of the second, rattled off 14 of 16 points to clinch it.

(At) No. 24 South Carolina 57, No. 19 Florida 53: Sindarius Thornwell scored 15 of his 20 in the second half and South Carolina’s defense smothered high-scoring Florida.

The Gamecocks (15-3, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) opened the second half with a 14-2 run and held on down the stretch when the Gators (15-4, 5-1) drew within 54-53 on Chris Chiozza’s free throws shots with 40.3 seconds to go. PJ Dozier drove for South Carolina’s final basket and Florida fumbled it out of bounds on its next possession.

Leading scorer KeVaughn Allen had one point for Florida while Kasey Hill scored all 11 of his in the opening half before fouling out. Canyon Barry led the Gators with 13 points.

Florida went 0--for-17 from 3-point range, ending a streak of 850 consecutive games with a long-range basket that was the longest in the NCAA.

(At) No. 20 Cincinnati 81, Temple 74: Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 in the second half, rallying Cincinnati to its ninth straight victory.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.