No. 1 falls for 5th week in a row

Illini beat Indiana on wide-open layup

February 8, 2013 

Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup at the buzzer off a baseline inbounds pass and Illinois beat No. 1 Indiana 74-72 on Thursday night, the fifth straight week the nation's top-ranked team has lost.

The Illini (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten) trailed 41-29 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.

With the score tied, Indiana's Victor Oladipo turned the ball over and recovered to block a breakaway layup by D.J. Richardson out of bounds with less than a second to play.

Griffey, who was open after setting a screen, took the inbounds pass with 0.9 seconds left and gently laid the ball into the basket.

The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2) took over the top spot in The Associated Press's Top 25 on Monday.

Murray State 79, Belmont 74: Isaiah Canaan had 26 points and six assists as host Murray State spoiled the Bruins' perfect Ohio Valley Conference record.

Stacy Wilson added 16 points for Murray State (17-5, 8-2), which led in rebounds 32-26 and forced the Bruins into 12 turnovers.

Belmont (19-5, 10-1) shot 51.9 percent (28-for-54) from the floor and 42.9 percent (9-for-21) behind the arc.

Ian Clark led Belmont's scoring with 22.

South Dakota State 80, IPFW 74: Nate Wolters scored a school-record 53 points and broke another mark with nine three-pointers in the Jackrabbits' win at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne.

Wolters' point total is the highest this season by a Division I player, bettering a 47-point performance by Oakland's Travis Bader on Jan. 24 against IUPUI.

Florida loses forward

No. 2 Florida will be without forward Will Yeguete for at least the rest of the regular season following knee surgery Friday to remove loose bodies. Yeguete has dealt with tendinitis all season, but Coach Billy Donovan says his knee had "significant swelling" in recent weeks.

Yeguete, usually the first player off the bench, is averaging 6.0 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.

Women

No. 9 Georgia 61, Auburn 58: Jasmine Hassell scored 15 points as the Lady Bulldogs overcame second-half struggles to hand the visiting Tigers their seventh straight loss.

Georgia (20-3, 8-2 Southeastern Conference), coming off a win at No. 8 Kentucky on Sunday, led 34-22 at halftime but made only 2 of 16 shots from the field in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Auburn (13-10, 2-8) pulled even at 53-53 but couldn't take the lead. Auburn made only 3 of 15 free throws, including missing each of its five attempts in the final 3 minutes.

No. 15 South Carolina 65, Alabama 53: Aleighsa Welch and Ashley Bruner posted double-doubles as the Gamecocks (20-3, 8-2 SEC) led wire to wire to secure their second straight 20-win season.

Cumberlands 73, Lindsey Wilson 61: Dace Bicane finished with a game-high 24 points and was helped by three other teammates reaching double figures as the host Patriots overcame a seven-point deficit in the second half. Ashley Rainey led the Blue Raiders with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Western Kentucky 76, North Texas 62: The Lady Toppers (17-5, 10-3 Sun Belt Conference) shot over 50 percent for the second consecutive game and hit their final 11 shot attempts of the first half to build a 15-point halftime lead before handing North Texas (9-14, 8-6) its worst loss at home this season.

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