With the Indiana men in a frenzy of celebration after knocking off #3 Clemson, the Hoosiers were looking forward to playing for a chance to get back to the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2002.
But Indiana ended up having a much easier time winning the second overtime with two unanswered points from Ryan Kelly.
And in the end, it was Indiana’s 27-point lead that gave Clemson the win.
“It’s kind of surreal because we played like that at home a couple of times,” Hoosier point guard Devin Booker said.
“I think we were just focused on the task at hand, and we were playing better than we were.”
The win gave Indiana its fourth straight ACC Tournament bid and is the sixth consecutive season that the Hoosemakers have qualified for the tournament.
The Hoosers are now 12-2 in the conference and just two games behind fourth-seeded Duke for the No. 4 seed in the tournament next weekend.
Indiana coach Tom Crean was impressed with the effort of his team, which he said was on the same level as a team that played the season opener at Michigan State.
“You see guys getting their shot off and the guys in the back are doing a good job,” Crean said.
He went on to add that the team has a “real competitive spirit” and that the players are showing “their intensity.”
“We were very happy to have a chance this game, and I think we did a good enough job of coming out and executing,” Creans said.
Indiana had a huge lead going into the second OT and held a 66-50 advantage in the second half.
But Clemson’s defense held on to win the game on a buzzer-beater by Kelly, a freshman forward.
“I think he’s a guy that we really didn’t know that he was that good,” Clemson forward Ben Brust said.
The Hooses had a chance for the upset in the first overtime.
But Kelly was fouled, and he missed the free throw with two seconds left.
Clemson’s Isaiah Wilkins grabbed the rebound and then scored to give the Hooes the lead.
The score was 65-62 on a reverse layup by Kelly with 6:06 left in regulation.
The Cavaliers were looking to make a run with the win, but the Hoops were able to get it done on a layup from Jerian Grant with 2:47 left in the third OT.
The game was tied at 66 on a steal and a dunk by Clemson’s Kendall Stephens with 1:19 left in OT.
Clemson took a 60-59 lead on a dunk from Wilkins with 2 minutes left.
The teams traded free throws before Clemson made the first of its four three-point shots.
But the Hooosiers’ defense held and the Cavaliers took a 77-72 lead on Kelly’s free throw.
Clemson had a three-second window to get the rebound.
But the Hoosters made two of its three free throws in a row and the game was out of reach.
But in the final minute, Clemson made three free throw attempts, but it missed both.
And Clemson pulled away to make it 76-72 with 8:07 left in overtime.
The game was back in Clemson’s hands with 2 1/2 minutes left in extra time.
“That’s not the type of game we want to play,” Creampax said.