Ten minutes and six seconds.
Eleven possessions without a point.
Eleven consecutive missed shots, eight of which were 3-point attempts. Two missed front end of one-and-one free throw opportunities. Ultimately, a 13-0 run for Northwestern and the ball game.
Game. Set. Match.
As hard as it was to watch, let’s take a look back and what went wrong during that stretch.
It began when Stanford Robinson hit Troy Williams with a bounce pass late in the shot clock with 13:23 to play to cut the Northwestern lead to one at 49-48. To that point it had been a pretty back-and-forth entertaining game.
That ended quickly. Or maybe not so quickly if you consider it lasted 10 minutes and 6 seconds.
IU’s first possession after Northwestern had made it 51-48 resulted in a missed shot by Williams at 12:40.
At the 12:27 mark, Bryant McIntosh committed a foul for Northwestern which was its seventh. The Hoosiers were in the bonus for the final 12 and a half minutes. But Williams proceeded to miss the one-and-one free throw opportunity.
IU still trailed by eight on its next possession and Ferrell was fouled on a baseline drive. But Ferrell proceeded to miss the one-and-one, too at 10:58.
It was still an eight-point game when IU got it back again. This time Hanner Mosquera-Perea turned it over at the 10:23 mark.
Northwestern built the lead to 10 at 58-48, when James Blackmon Jr. missed a 3-point attempt on IU’s six possession of the drought at the 9:04 mark.
At this point, Northwestern fails to score on three consecutive possessions. What does IU do? It misses three more three more 3-point attempts.
Robert Johnson misses the first at 7:33. Then, Zeisloft misses a 3 at 6:56 and another one at 6:04.
Northwestern scores on a drive by Sanjay Lumpkin at 5:18 to put the Wildcats up by 12 at 60-48.
On IU’s 10th possession of the drought, the Hoosiers got three shots. Robinson missed a jumper at 4:53, Ferrell missed a 3-pointer at 4:48 and Zeisloft missed a driving shot at 4:45.
Northwestern converted on the other end to go up by 14 at 62-48 extending the run to 13-0. Johnson missed the final shot of the drought, a 3-point attempt, with 3:53 remaining.
After a Northwestern miss, Williams scored on an inside shot at 3:17.
Then after going 10 minutes without a point, IU scored 17 in the final 3:17 but it was too little, too late in a 72-65 loss.