Johnny Dawkins blocked a last-second shot to save second-ranked Duke a 75-74 basketball victory over 14th-ranked Notre Dame yesterday in Durham, N.C.
Duke (25-2) led by 73-65 with 2:16 left, but Jim Dolan's three-point play made it a one-point game with 29 seconds left.
When Duke's Billy King, a 50 percent foul shooter, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13 seconds left, the Irish (17-5) had a last chance. David Rivers tried a 15-foot jumper that Dawkins blocked.
"I cut him off," Dawkins said. "He went up before me . . . "
"He definitely got a part of the ball, but there was contact," Rivers said. "But you're not going to get those foul calls down the stretch."
Dawkins had 18 points, a team-best eight rebounds and became the point guard in the second half because Tommy Amaker had four fouls. Indiana 84, Ohio State 75
Steve Alford, who shoots 84.5 percent from the line, turned the game around in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State led by 23-22 when Kip Lomax fouled him. Just as he made the first shot, Ohio State's Brad Sellers was caught elbowing, a two-shot technical. After Alford made the one shot he had left on Lomax's foul, he made the two technical foul shots. Indiana never fell behind.
"That's what did it," Ohio State's Dennis Hopson observed later.
Ohio State (12-10 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten) stayed close but Indiana made 16 of 20 foul shots late in the game. Alford made seven of eight in the last 90 seconds to finish 14 for 15. He had 32 points.
The Hoosiers (17-5 and 9-3) trail first-place Michigan by half a game. Washington 73, Oregon 67: In Seattle, Al Moscatel's career-high 19 points helped put the Huskies alone atop the Pac-10 at 10-3. They're 16-9 overall.
Paul Fortier's two foul shots gave the Huskies the lead for good, 65-63. His 15-footer made it 69-63.
Last-place Oregon is 8-15 overall and 3-10 in the league. Oregon State 66, Washington State 49
Darrin Houston scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half of the victory in Pullman, Ore. He got 12 during a 20-4 rally early in the second half.
Washington State's best scorer, Keith Morrison, was scoreless the first time in 48 games. His team is 13-13 overall and 6-7 in the Pac-10. Oregon State is 10-11 and 6-6.