Eastern Washington rallies to stun Hoosiers

Eastern Washington's Drew Brandon (22) is fouled by Indiana's Nick Zeisloft (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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.

 

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