By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The thought of Indiana winning even a sliver of the Big Ten title seemed far-fetched in January.
After two months of inspired and unexpectedly stellar play, the Hoosiers have claimed the crown all for themselves.
Yogi Ferrell had 20 points, including a crucial 3 with 37 seconds, and No. 12 Indiana clinched its second outright Big Ten title in four years by holding off No. 16 Iowa 81-78 on Tuesday night.
Troy Williams had 15 points for the Hoosiers (24-6, 14-3), who will be the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament.
Iowa fell behind by as many as 14 points before a 24-8 run put it back in front 74-72. The Hawkeyes then got the ball back with 6 seconds left down 3, but Peter Jok's potential game-tying 3 grazed the rim.
Jarrod Uthoff had 18 points to lead the reeling Hawkeyes (20-9, 11-6), who have lost five of six after a 10-1 start in the Big Ten.
Iowa's recent slide paved the way for Indiana, a surprise for much of this season following a shaky nonconference showing, to surge into first.
The Hoosiers closed out Iowa and the rest of the league with their most impressive road win to date.
Indiana hit seven of their first eight 3-point attempts for a 40-34 lead. Ferrell then hit a 3 that made it 58-46 -- flashing his jersey to the crowd afterward -- and buried a step-back jumper to put the Hoosiers up 14 with 13 minutes left.
Iowa appeared on the verge of collapsing.
A spirited late run, capped by consecutive 3s by Nicholas Baer, tied it at 70. Jok's scoop shot finally put the Hawkeyes back in front with 4:27 left.
But the Hawkeyes went cold down the stretch yet again, missing nine straight shots at one point. A 3 by Clemmons and a steal by Christian Williams gave them a shot at overtime, but Clemmons air-balled a 3 and Jok missed an open look from the corner.
Clemmons had 14 points for Iowa.
Indiana: The Hoosiers won 13 of their first 16 Big Ten games for just the third time in 20 years (2008, 2013). ... Indiana played without guard Robert Johnson, who sprained his left ankle against Purdue on Feb. 20.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes were outscored by just 23 points in recent losses to Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. ... Williams, a freshman who rarely plays, had eight points in the first half -- four more than he had scored in all previous Big Ten games. Williams was subbing for Mike Gesell, who picked up two early fouls.
Indiana hosts No. 14 Maryland on Sunday.
Iowa plays at Michigan on Saturday.