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Hoosiers find some hope

Guards Victor Oladipo, left, and Jordan Hulls, who led the Hoosiers with 18 points, launch the celebration after helping Indiana to a 52-49 win over No.  20  Illinois, its first victory over a ranked team in 20 games.

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Guards Victor Oladipo, left, and Jordan Hulls, who led the Hoosiers with 18 points, launch the celebration after helping Indiana to a 52-49 win over No.  20 Illinois, its first victory over a ranked team in 20 games.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jordan Hulls had the big game. Tom Pritchard had the big play.

Together, they set off the wildest celebration in Bloomington in years.

Hulls scored 12 of his 18 in the second half and Pritchard tipped in a missed shot with 44.2 seconds left, giving Indiana a 52-49 upset of No. 20 Illinois on Thursday night.

The Hoosiers ended a 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

Mike Davis scored 14 to lead Illinois (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten), which has lost four of five and failed to win its third straight at Assembly Hall.

Hulls, who started the game with a wrap on his right knee, finished it with a bandage on his right temple and tape around his right forearm. And Pritchard, who drew four fouls in the first nine minutes of the second half, came up with the game's biggest play when he got his fingertips on a missed shot and redirected it for what proved to be the winning basket.

Fans rushed the court, jumping up and down at midcourt in a celebration reminiscent of a night the Hoosiers upset then-No. 1 Michigan State in January 2001.

NO. 3 DUKE 84, BC 68: Seth Curry had a season-high 20 points in his return to the starting lineup for the host Blue Devils (19-1, 6-1 ACC), who shot 50 percent from the field and hit 10 3-pointers.

NO. 19 VANDY 81, MISS. ST. 74: Jeffery Taylor had 25 points for the Commodores (15-4, 3-2 SEC), who won at Humphrey Coliseum for the first time in nine games.

MICH. 61, NO. 25 MICH. ST. 57: Zack Novak had 19 points and Stu Douglass made a 3 with 20 seconds left for the Wolverines, who handed the Spartans (12-8, 4-4 Big Ten) their third straight loss and snapped an 11-game skid at the Breslin Center.

Frenzy over Fredette

PROVO, Utah — "Jimmermania" is reaching a new level of crazy.

Hours after frenzied fans stormed the court and tried lifting Jimmer Fredette into the air after he scored 43 to help BYU knock No. 4 San Diego State from the unbeaten ranks, the rest of the sporting world was chiming in about BYU's star guard and the nation's leading scorer.

The NBA's top scorer, Kevin Durant, tweeted that Fredette "is the best scorer in the world."

The Harlem Globetrotters issued a "Trotter tribute" for a Curly Neal-like performance in Wednesday night's big matchup.

And Fredette wasn't even hitting 3s from NBA range, as he had done in topping 40 points three of the past four games for the No. 9 Cougars (20-1, 6-0 Mountain West).

"It's something I'll never forget, especially with such a big win and all the hype around the game," Fredette said after the 71-58 win over the Aztecs (20-1, 5-1). "It's a special memory, something I'll remember forever."

Hoosiers find some hope 01/27/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:05am]
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