MBB: Hoosiers Collapse Late In 88-86 Loss To Eastern Washington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Drew Brandon scored a career-high 27 points, and Eastern Washington used a late 9-0 run to stun Indiana 88-86 on Monday night.
Tyler Harvey had 25 points to help the Eagles (4-1) get their first win against a Big Ten foe and their first win in front of a crowd of 10,000 or more. Eastern Washington is now 1-13 all-time against the Big Ten and 1-20 in front of big crowds.
Indiana (4-1) was led by Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell with 27 points and Troy Williams with 19. But the Hoosiers blew a 12 -point second half lead and couldn’t close it out after taking a 78-75 lead with 2:12 to play.
Instead, Eastern Washington scored nine straight to take control and then closed it out at the free-throw line.
The result also ended Indiana’s 43-game home winning streak against non-conference foes.
Afterward, Eagles players hugged, hooted and hollered near midcourt, celebrating like they had just won an NCAA tournament game or a conference championship as Assembly Hall fell so silent that you could hear the players’ screams.
It was a strange night from every angle.
Each time Indiana looked like it was ready to pull away, Eastern Washington rallied.
The Hoosiers, who were trying to start 5-0 for the fifth straight year, looked like they had taken control after pushing the lead to 54-42 with 15:30 to play.
Eastern Washington charged back with eight straight points, closing to 54-50, watched Indiana reopen a 61-52 lead, rallied to take a 73-69 lead and then fought back one last time after the Hoosiers took a 78-75 lead with 2:12 to play.
Brandon scored the first four points in a 9-0 spurt that made it 84-78.
Eastern Washington: The Eagles won largely because of three players. In addition to Brandon and Harvey, Venky Jois finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Harvey had eight rebounds, and the Hoosiers struggled mightily to stop the continual drives from Eastern Washington’s players.
Indiana: How stunning was the win? Coach Tom Crean was a perfect 32-0 in November games at Assembly Hall before Monday’s loss. And the Hoosiers’ non-conference home winning streak was the third longest in the nation behind only Duke, which started the night at 111, and Syracuse, which started the night at 53.
Eastern Washington hosts Northern Kentucky
Indiana hosts UNC-Greensboro on Friday.

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