The Greatest Series: Last Second Shot No. 4

The No. 4 last-second shot in Indiana history came in 2001 when Kirk Haston had a shot to remember against No. 1 and previously unbeaten Michigan State at Assembly Hall.

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. Here’s the second installment for today, the No. 4 shot in IU history. Check on Saturday and Sunday for the final three.

NO. 4: Kirk Haston KNOCKS OFF NO. 1 Michigan State

Indiana fans have seen this one enough times to have committed it to memory.

The Kirk Haston 3 to beat Michigan State in 2001 is played still today in Assembly Hall has part of the video clips that lead up to the player introductions.

It’s easy to picture Tom Coverdale rushing over to Haston and lifting him off the ground as the IU students poured onto the floor.

To set that day up, Indiana had lost a three-point game at Madison to open the Big Ten and then came home to face No. 1 Michigan State which was a perfect 12-0 for the season.

The Spartans led 58-56 and IU had the ball with 10 seconds to play and Mike Davis ran a play for Kirk Haston. He popped out to the right wing and took a crisp pass from Kyle Hornsby and launched a 3-pointer that was in the air was time expired.

When it hit the bottom of the net, Indiana had a thrilling 59-58 victory over Tom Izzo and the Spartans.

Stay tuned for No. 3 tomorrow.

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