Joey Brunk scored 14 points, including a layup with a minute to go, and Jerome Hunter grabbed a rebound with 0.2 seconds left and made two free throws to seal Indiana's 67-63 victory over No. 11 Michigan State on Thursday night in Bloomington.
"He had 14 and six [rebounds] tonight and he earned them all," coach Archie Miller said when asked about Brunk. "It's not measurable what Joey has meant to us. He's giving his absolute max on everything he does. He's improved as much as any player I've been around from month to month."
The Hoosiers (15-4, 5-3 Big Ten) have won two straight, four of their past five and now trail conference co-leaders Michigan State and Illinois by just one game — as do four other teams.
Cassius Winston, the league's preseason player of the year, could have forced overtime when he drove through the lane in the waning seconds. But when Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis slid toward Winston, he flipped the ball to Xavier Tillman for a layup that rolled off the rim and into the hands of Hunter.
Winston scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half as the Spartans (14-5, 6-2) lost their third straight in the series.
"We just didn't play good enough to win on the road," coach Tom Izzo said. "I think he tried to get it up on the rim and I thought he had a wide open layup. He just missed it."
Illini guard suspended
The Big Ten suspended Illinois guard Alan Griffin two games for stepping on Purdue's Sasha Stefanovic.
Griffin was called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected with 12:21 left in the first half Tuesday at Purdue when he stomped on Stefanovic's midsection after driving for a layup.
Top 25 women
No. 3 UConn 60, No. 23 Tennessee 45: The Huskies won the first matchup in 13 years between the schools. The Lady Vols (15-4) led by three at the half in Hartford, Conn., but UConn (17-1) scored 17 of the first 19 points in the second half.
"It wasn't the same," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I miss having [late Tennessee coach Pat Summitt] there. I miss looking forward to having her there."
No. 19 Iowa 77, Ohio State 68: Kathleen Doyle scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawkeyes (16-3, 7-1) defeat the Buckeyes (11-5, 4-4) in Iowa City.
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder picked up her 200th Big Ten win while the Hawkeyes won their seventh straight overall and 31st in a row at home. They are tied atop the Big Ten with Northwestern.
Doyle was 8-for-12 from the field and made all nine of her free-throw attempts.
No. 22 Northwestern 76, Michigan State 48: The Wildcats (17-2, 7-1 Big Ten) won their fifth game in a row and remained unbeaten on the road this season. The Spartans dropped to 11-8, 4-4.