East Lansing, Mich. • Victor Oladipo shook off a sprained left ankle with a spectacular performance to lift top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 win over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
Oladipo’s go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute gave him 19 points to go along with nine rebounds, five steals and a block. Not bad for a guy who didn’t play after halftime of his previous game, just three days earlier, because of the injury.
Tuesday’s Top 25 basketball scores
» No. 1 Indiana 72, No. 4 Michigan State 68
» No. 2 Miami 54, Virginia 50
» Missouri 63, No. 5 Florida 60
» No. 15 Butler 68, Duquesne 49
» No. 17 Marquette 67, Seton Hall 46
» Saint Louis 76, No. 24 VCU 62
Hoosiers coach Tom Crean insisted that the junior shooting guard "wasn’t even close" to 100-percent healthy.
"There’s no doubt his foot hurt," Crean said. "That mind was right, and that was the biggest thing."
Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference — with four games left in the regular season — and moved a step closer toward earning top seeding next month in the NCAA Tournament.
"It was a huge win for us," Oladipo said. "We’ve come a long way."
The Hoosiers had lost 17 straight — since 1991 — on the road against the Spartans.
"Most of those guys weren’t alive," Crean said. "It didn’t affect them."
Michigan State (22-5, 11-3) blew opportunities at the line.
Trailing by three with 3.7 seconds left, Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first one — setting off sighs in the sold-out arena — and after making the second, he deliberately missed the third.
Indiana got the rebound — Oladipo grabbed it, of course — and he hit two free throws to seal the win.
Missouri 63, No. 5 Florida 60 • At Columbia, Mo., Laurence Bowers had 17 points plus 10 rebounds and Missouri erased a 13-point deficit in the second half to rally past Florida. Phil Pressey added 10 assists, seven points, six rebounds and three steals for Missouri (19-7, 8-5 SEC).
Mike Rosario had 14 points for Florida (21-4, 11-2) but missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.
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