Corey Sanders had 14 points to lead Rutgers (12-10, 2-7) but he also was called for an offensive foul on a drive with the Scarlet Knights down by four with 14 seconds to play.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An ugly second half doomed to an avoidable defeat Wednesday night at IL, the Hoosiers falling 73-71.
"I missed free throws one night".
IN outscored the Illini 8-3 over the next 70 seconds to close the gap to 73-71 but as IN rushed for a chance to tie the game IN the closing seconds, an entry pass dribbled away for a game-deciding turnover with 0.1 seconds to go.
Frazier missed a contested layup attempt with:13 left and a foul sent to Devonte Green to the line where he split the tosses.
"Missing the first couple really affected the rest of us", Morgan said. "He will make those mistakes again".
The only other Hoosier to finish in double figures was Zach McRoberts.
IL trailed at the half, 38-32, after having no answer for Indiana's Juwan Morgan, who raced unobstructed to the basket to make 6 of 7 shots.
The Illini got off to a slow start as the Hoosiers started the game on a 12-4 over the first 3:30 minutes, and they would eventually expand the lead to nine points at the midway point in the first half.
IL (11-11, 1-8), though, didn't make it easy in the final minute to get that elusive league 'W, ' as the Hoosiers scored the final six points of the game to make interesting at the end after IL led 73-65. (21) reaches for the ball controlled by IL forward Leron Black (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The Illini owned an eight-point lead with 56 seconds remaining after two free throws by Lucas but almost blew the lead, as it has in multiple conference losses.
IL junior forward Leron Black did his best to match Morgan's presence early, and he himself scored eight of his team's first 14 points. Black leads in rebounds with 5.3 while Te'Jon Lucas tops in assists with 3.1 per game. Both Black and Frazier finished with 19 points in the game. "It's a bad feeling when he's sitting on the bench".
With 8.3 seconds to play, Juwan Morgan was whistled for a foul after bumping Trent Frazier on the inbounds play. Another botched inbound pass that could have given them a lead was costly in a loss to New Mexico State.
The Indiana Hoosiers will play the Illinois Fighting Illini in one of the college basketball games on Thursday, start time at 9:00 PM ET, at State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois.
"They've persevered through some very interesting times", Underwood said. He has now scored 1,264 points in his career. The basket by Frazier was part of a 13-2 run that gave IL a 58-53 lead with 10:55 to play in the game.
IL is idle until next Tuesday when the Illini host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
"When you play IL, it's tough because they are completely different than anyone else on offense and defense", Miller said.
"We're becoming a true team", said Frazier, who shot 7 of 15 from the floor.
"We just celebrated in the locker room", Frazier said. After several close losses in Big 10 play, it is a step in the right direction for a young team.
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