Quick thoughts on an 82-72 win over Minnesota:
How it happened: Despite a better than usual start, Indiana’s defense left a lot to be desired in the first half on Wednesday night. The Hoosiers allowed 1.15 points per possession as Minnesota’s guards drove in from the perimeter with ease. Despite shooting only 44.8 percent from the field, the Gophers entered the break with a 37-35 lead.
After Minnesota led 46-43 at the 15:27 mark of the second half, Indiana went on a 9-0 run to grab a 52-46 advantage at the 13:25 mark. But as often been the case, the Hoosiers couldn’t build on their momentum. Indiana didn’t score for the next 4:08 and the six-point cushion quickly evaporated. Minnesota regained the lead on a dunk by Brandon Johnson with 8:35 to play, but Indiana came right back to tie it at 55 on a Trayce Jackson-Davis dunk.
Out of the under eight media timeout, Trey Galloway missed a 3-pointer, but the Hoosiers connected from the perimeter on the next two possessions to push the lead back to six at 61-55. Indiana opened its biggest lead of the game at 65-57 on a Rob Phinisee layup with 4:40 to play and then pushed it out to 10 on a pair of free throws by Trayce Jackson-Davis with just under four to play. Minnesota never got closer than xx the rest of the way as the Hoosiers recorded their 12th win of the season and seventh in Big Ten play.
Standout performer: It was another monster performance for Trayce Jackson-Davis, who recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson-Davis shot 8-of-14 from the field.
Statistics that stands out: Despite committing 17 turnovers, Indiana’s offense delivered a strong performance (1.21 points per possession) thanks to a strong shooting performance. The Hoosiers made 57.6 percent of their 2s and 58.3 percent of their 3s.
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Filed to: Minnesota Golden Gophers