The Hoosiers finished off the non-conference portion of their schedule in style.
After several slow starts in a row, IU cruised to victory over Jacksonville. Indiana (11-2) did fall behind briefly again in this one, trailing 14-9 with 14:19 left in the first half. But the Hoosiers outscored the Dolphins 35-15 the rest of the way in the opening half and the game was never really in doubt.
IU will now have a long holiday break. The Hoosiers return to action on January 3, as Big Ten play resumes at home against Illinois.
Also see: Archie Miller, Juwan Morgan and Al Durham post-game interviews.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Juwan Morgan Makes History. It’s been a great IU trivia question for decades. It just got amended. Juwan Morgan recorded the second triple double in program history with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Steve Downing was the last and only other Hoosier to accomplish the feat in 1971.
Morgan is the first player in Big Ten history to finish with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks and two steals since Draymond Green.
2. A Balanced Attack. It isn’t as rare as a triple double, but the Hoosiers accomplished an uncommon feat with five players scoring in double figures. Damezi Anderson was right there with nine as well. Down a starter in Rob Phinisee and a key contributor in Zach McRoberts, the scoring balance tonight was all the more impressive. Al Durham led the way with a career high 18 points.
3. Offensive Efficiency Rules the Day. The Hoosiers were a season best 64.8% from the field with 21 assists on just 12 turnovers. That makes consecutive games with more than 20 assists and just 12 turnovers. Clearly the competition level has taken a step back, but these are performances that IU can build on going into the Big Ten.
FINAL BOX SCORE AND SPECIALTY STATS
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