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Hoosiers avert a collapse

Indiana forward Cody Zeller, left, tries to haul in a rebound in front of Northwestern guard Reggie Hearn in the first half.

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Indiana forward Cody Zeller, left, tries to haul in a rebound in front of Northwestern guard Reggie Hearn in the first half.

EVANSTON, Ill. — Cody Zeller could sense panic setting in. Then, just in time, Indiana regained its composure.

Zeller had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and the No. 2 Hoosiers beat Northwestern 67-59 on Sunday.

Jordan Hulls added 15 points, Christian Watford scored 14 and the Hoosiers (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) hung on after things got tense down the stretch.

They led by 17 in the first half and were up 31-17 at the break. But Northwestern's 1-3-1 trap in the second half led to rushed shots by Indiana. The Wildcats pulled within five three times, but the Hoosiers hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final 57 seconds to prevail after seeing a six-game win streak end with a loss to Wisconsin last week.

"They just kind of sped us up for a while," Zeller said. "We were kind of panicked for a while. That's what their defense kind of forces you to do. Once we started getting into the middle, getting to the baseline, then we started getting open shots."

Zeller, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, hit 9 of 10 free throws and dominated inside as Indiana pounded the Wildcats 36-24 on the glass.

"It just seemed like he was everywhere," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. "He gets to the line a lot and makes his foul shots."

Indiana's Victor Oladipo took a blow to his right eye midway through the second half and wore a patch after the game. He said he would have it examined.

NO. 14 N.C. STATE 66, CLEMSON 62: Freshman T.J. Warren had 21 points and Richard Howell hit the go-ahead basket with 1:56 left for the host Wolfpack (15-3, 4-1 ACC), which never trailed but struggled to put away the Tigers.


NO. 19 S.C. 52, UF 44: Khadijah Sessions had 15 points for the visiting Gamecocks (16-3, 4-2 SEC), whose 59 rebounds were the most in coach Dawn Staley's five seasons. The Gators (13-6, 2-3) scored their fewest points this season. UF was missing leading scorer and rebounder Jennifer George (shoulder injury).

NO. 22 FSU 82, N.C. STATE 74: Leonor Rodriguez scored 21 for the visiting Seminoles (15-3, 5-2 ACC), who used a 22-3 run to overcome a 67-56 deficit and avenge a 74-71 loss to the Wolfpack (8-11, 0-7) in the first round of last season's ACC tournament.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 74, ST. JOHN'S 50: Skylar Diggins scored 18 and Natalie Achonwa had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the host Fighting Irish (16-1, 5-0 Big East), who outrebounded the Red Storm 48-22 and outscored it 38-24 in the paint.

NO. 5 KENTUCKY 97, AUBURN 53: A'dia Mathies scored a season-best 24 for the host Wildcats (18-1, 6-0 SEC), who have won 17 in a row, tied with Duke for longest in the country.

NO. 6 STANFORD 75, USC 66: Chiney Ogwumike scored 23 of her 29 in the second half and added 16 rebounds for the host Cardinal (16-2, 5-1 Pac-12).

NO. 7 CAL 70, NO. 14 UCLA 65: Layshia Clarendon scored 22 for the host Golden Bears (15-2, 5-1 Pac-12), who beat a ranked team for the third time in their past five games. The Bruins (13-4, 4-2) lost their second straight.

NO. 9 TENN. 96, ALABAMA 69: Bashaara Graves had 19 points and eight rebounds for the host Vols (15-3, 6-0 SEC), who beat the Crimson Tide for the 39th straight time.

NO. 10 MARYLAND 66, GA. TECH 57: Alyssa Thomas had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Terrapins (15-3, 6-1 ACC), who outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 52-29.

IOWA 62, NO. 12 PURDUE 46: Jaime Printy and Melissa Dixon scored 15 each for the host Hawkeyes, who led the Boilermakers (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) by double digits for most of the game.

NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 64, NO. 13 GEORGIA 46: Courtney Walker scored 12 for the visiting Aggies (14-5, 4-1 SEC), who shot 51 percent (26-of-51) from the field and held the Bulldogs (16-3, 4-2) to 29.1 percent (16-of-55).

NO. 17 OKLA. ST. 71, NO. 24 IOWA ST. 42: Liz Donohoe had 18 points and eight rebounds for the host Cowgirls (14-2, 3-2 Big 12), who scored the first 20 of the second half while holding the Cyclones (13-3, 4-2) without a field goal for 8 minutes.

NO. 18 DAYTON 74, R.I. 48: Sam MacKay scored 16, including four 3-pointers, and added five assists and five steals for the visiting Flyers (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10), who have won three straight overall and 10 straight in the series.

NO. 21 COLORADO 79, ARIZ. 36: Arielle Roberson had 12 points to lead four players in double figures for the host Buffaloes (15-2, 4-2 Pac-12).

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