For the second straight game, it's close, but not quite for Indiana. The Hoosiers lost to Purdue 78-75 Thursday at Assembly Hall. Missed free throws in the final five minutes played a part as IU lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Saturday against Illinois, the Hoosiers lost on a buzzer-beating shot by Demetri McCamey. This time, IU had a shot to tie in the final second, but Verdell Jones III's desperation three-pointer from about 25 feet hit the rim and didn't go in.
"This is not a morale victory night for Indiana," IU coach Tom Crean said. "It was an incredible crowd, an incredible atmosphere, a great rivalry game, all those things, but we're full steam ahead on what we are trying to get done."
Jones led the Hoosiers with 22 points. Tom Pritchard scored 13, all in the first half. Christian Watford had nine points on 2 of 11 shooting.
Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston and Jones missed the front end of one-and-one free throws in the final 4:30.
"Those were really what the game came down to," Purdue's Robbie Hummel said. "I guess we're fortunate to make a few more than they did."