EVANSTON, IL — Al Durham kept coming through in clutch situations to give Indiana a 79-76 double-overtime win over Northwestern Wednesday in Evanston.
Durham's heroics saved the Hoosiers from a devastating defeat against a team that has now lost 10 straight games. Instead, IU has won two consecutive games and improves to 6-6 in the Big Ten and 11-8 overall.
Indiana was down by as many as 14 points early, but trailed by three at the half. The Hoosiers then closed out regulation with a 7-0 run, capped by Durham's basket to send the game into overtime.
Durham was called on again in the first extra period, hitting a jumper with one second left to again tie the score and force a second overtime. And to top it all off, the senior guard from suburban Atlanta made good on four free throw attempts in the final six seconds of the second OT to clinch the victory.
Durham was Indiana's leading scorer with 24 points. Armaan Franklin had 23 and Trayce Jackson-Davis hauled down 14 rebounds to go with 10 points. Indiana owned a 49-38 rebounding advantage.
The Wildcats, who were once 3-0 in the conference and beat IU in December, are now 3-10 and 6-11 overall.