The Eagles turned out to be that and a little bit more.
Parker Kelly hit a big 3 from the top of the key with 34.6 seconds to play to put Eastern Washington up by four and then the Eagles survived a furious IU rally to knock off the Hoosiers 88-86 Monday night at Assembly Hall.
It was Tom Crean’s first ever loss at Assembly Hall in the month of November and it was huge road victory for an Eastern Washington (4-1) team that dropped a game Saturday night to SMU on the first game of the road trip.
Trailing 86-83 with 14.5 seconds to play, Indiana raced the ball up court with a chance to tie. But Yogi Ferrell passed up a chance to hoist a 3-pointer and drove to the basket with 8 seconds to play trying to draw a foul and get a different kind of three-point play.
But he missed and Troy Williams missed the ensuing tip and Drew Brandon hit two free throws with 4.7 seconds to play.
James Blackmon Jr., who hadn’t made a field goal since 17:13 to play in the first half, hit a 3-pointer with .4 to play to make it 88-86. The Eagles, after, a timeout, inbounded the ball and the buzzer sounded ending the game.
Ferrell led the Hoosiers with 27 points including a 12-of-13 effort from the free throw line. He also had seven assists.
Williams had 19 points and some impressive dunks on the baseline. But he also had a windmill dunk blocked by Venky Jois with 1:26 to play and the Hoosiers clinging to a 78-77 lead.
Blackmon was the only other IU player in double figures with 10.
Indiana (4-1) is back in action Friday night at Assembly Hall against North Carolina-Greensboro.