Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - An inbounds play to remember ended with Tyler Griffey putting in an uncontested layup just before the buzzer, as Illinois stole a thrilling 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana in an instant classic at Assembly Hall.
The Fighting Illini, who came in 2-20 all-time against No. 1 programs, trailed by double-digits with under 4 1/2 minutes remaining, but D.J. Richardson scored eight consecutive points during an 11-1 run to tie things coming down the stretch.
Richardson came away with a steal of Victor Oladipo with time winding down, though Oladipo came from behind and blocked Richardson's potential go-ahead layup out of bounds as the clock ticked to 0.9 seconds.
Illinois set up three players along the right wing perimeter with Brandon Paul inbounding in the corner. A scrum left Hoosiers All-American candidate Cody Zeller with his back turned to Griffey, who ran down the lane untouched and laid in Paul's bounce pass with ease as the buzzer sounded, signaling the orange-clad crowd to rush the court.
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