A day after Indiana bought out coach Kelvin Sampson's contract and players threatened to boycott, Armon Bassett scored a season-high 24 and the No.15 Hoosiers escaped with an 85-82 win over Northwestern on Saturday night.
The game seemed like a fitting conclusion to one of the most difficult weeks in the storied program's history. The Hoosiers had to hang on against a team still searching for its first Big Ten win.
D.J. White deflected a potential go-ahead layup by Northwestern's Michael Thompson, then hit two free throws to make it 85-82 with five seconds left. Thompson missed a pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer.
It was the first step in what could be a difficult healing process.
Sampson agreed to a $750,000 buyout Friday and waived his right to sue the university for further damages after the NCAA charged him with five major rules violations involving calls to recruits in a report released 10 days earlier. The school hopes to avoid more damage.
The Hoosiers avoided a potential mess when six players who skipped Friday's practice, interim coach Dan Dakich's first, opted not to boycott the game.