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.