The Greatest Series: Last-Second Shot No. 5

In today's first of two installments of The Greatest Series, Jay Edwards hits a game-winner that people still remember more than 20 years later.

Each day, has a new installment in “The Greatest” series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana basketball history.

The first top 10 countdown looked at some of the top individual performances in IU history. The second list focused on last-second shots. Unfortunately because of computer issues, I had to take a few days off from the series. Today, I will give you two in a pair of installments beginning with No. 5


Think back on Jay Edwards’ short two-year Indiana basketball career and there are a lot of big moments.

One, however, stands apart from the rest.

It was the day that Edwards helped knock off a ranked Michigan team at Assembly Hall.

The date was Feb. 19, 1989 and No. 9 Indiana faced No. 13 Michigan.

Indiana trailed 75-71 when Edwards hit a pair of free throws to get the Hoosiers within two with 54 seconds remaining.

Michigan chose to work the shot clock down to the end before getting the ball to its leading scorer Glen Rice. With about 10 seconds to play, Rice tried a bank shot but was off and Eric Anderson grabbed the rebound. It took Anderson almost four seconds to get the ball to Lyndon Jones racing up the court.

Jones found his former Marion High School teammate Edwards near the top of the key. He caught the ball and let it fly for a long 3-point attempt. Just after he released it the buzzer went off.

And when the ball swished through the net, Indiana had a 76-75 victory over the Wolverines.

Edwards led all IU scorers with 23 points including 10 of IU’s final 11 points.

Indiana went on to win the Big Ten with a 15-3 record.

Stay tuned for No. 4 which will also run on Friday.

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