On Saturday night, the Rose Garden in Portland played host to a pair of games in the 2012 NCAA Tournament Round of 32. The first game pitted No. 4 seed Indiana Hoosiers against No. 12 seed Va. Commonwealth Rams. The game was a thrilling, high-scoring affair from beginning to end. The game came right down to the wire, with the Hoosiers winning an instant classic in come-from-behind fashion, 63-61.
Much of the game featured VCU putting up a decent lead, after which Indiana would cut it back down in short order. Both teams took turns going on lightning-fast runs, one after the other. VCU took a one-point lead into halftime and stayed ahead for much of the second half, although the Hoosiers kept pressing and kept threatening.
VCU held a five-point lead entering the last four minutes of regulation, despite making only one field goal over a 10-minute span. A Darius Theus jumper and an offensive foul helped the Rams carry that five-point lead into the final two minutes. Indiana still cut the lead to three heading into the final 90 seconds and it was clear the game would be going down to the wire.
A pair of missed VCU free throws led to a layup and one for Indiana to tie it up, 61-61, with 46.5 seconds left in regulation. The Hoosiers grabbed a defensive rebound and made a jumper with 12.7 seconds left to take a two-point lead. The Rams missed a three-point shot at the buzzer and Indiana picked up the win to advance.
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