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IU Squeezes By Temple 58-52 To Make The Sweet Sixteen

Within the final minute of the game, IU Junior Victor Oladipo sunk a three-point shot, putting the Hoosiers up by four and clinching the win.

Indiana University beat Temple University with a score of 58-52 on Sunday to move on to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The score remained tight throughout the game. Temple’s largest lead over the Hoosiers was six points. IU’s largest lead was nine. 

The Temple Owls led the Hoosiers for the majority of the second half, but IU gained a one point lead with only minutes to go. Then, with less than a minute left in the game, IU junior Victor Oladipo sunk a three-pointer, clinching the win. 

Oladipo was the Hoosiers’ lead scorer Sunday with 16 points. Also contributing to the scoreboard was sophomore Cody Zeller, who earned his team 15 points. Seven of those were free throws.

But the typically strong shooting team only had six players who scored throughout the game. Of the six, only three scored in the double-digits. Freshman Yogi Ferrell, who led the Hoosiers in scoring during Friday’s game against James Madison University, did not score a single point in Sunday’s match-up.

The game’s lead scorer, however, was from Temple University. Senior guard Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points after going 12-24 for field goals and 3-12 in three-pointers.

Temple also took more field goal and three-point attempts, but the Hoosiers led in shooting accuracy in both areas with 42.2 percent and 30.8 percent respectively. It was Temple that led in free throw accuracy, making 7-8 compared. IU made 16-20. But the difference in fouls benefited the Hoosiers. Temple ended the game with 18 fouls. IU had only eight.

The Hoosiers now advance to the Sweet Sixteen. They take on No. 4 Syracuse University in the regional semi-finals Thursday.

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