Indiana defeated Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. by a final score of 64-56.
IU led at halftime 30-27. They were led by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Hoosiers (9-2) host Northern Kentucky next Wednesday.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME (will be updated)
1. A stout defensive effort. The Hoosiers held Notre Dame to 36 percent shooting from the field and forced 14 Irish turnovers. After getting gashed on dribble drives early in the game, the staff went with point guards Xavier Johnson and Rob Phinisee on the floor together and also gave Anthony Leal extended time to help shut down the driving lanes and recover on shooters. Notre Dame was only able to generate five assists on the afternoon, and they were just 4-of-22 on 3-pointers.
2. Trayce and Race come alive. Indiana star forwards Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson had just three shot attempts 12 minutes into the game but ended up with a combined 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting. The Hoosiers were +15 when Thompson was on the floor, as Notre Dame went on a run in the second half after he went to the bench with three fouls. Jackson-Davis dominated the second half glass with 8 rebounds in the final 20 minutes. The duo also had five assists out of the post.
3. Effective from three. Notre Dame couldn’t focus exclusively on IU’s big men because the Hoosiers were knocking down shots from three. IU made 8-of-20 from long range on the day. Parker Stewart led the way with three makes and Rob Phinisee added two including a big one in the final four minutes that fueled IU’s closing run. After the game Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey called Indiana’s ability to score inside and out a “dilemma.”
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