Indiana defeated Nebraska by a final score of 68-55 on Saturday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
The Hoosiers led 26-22 halftime and were led in the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 14 points and 4 blocks. Race Thompson had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
IU (7-1, 1-0) will next travel to Wisconsin for a 7 p.m. Eastern Wednesday tip in Madison.
See also: Woodson, Bates and Thompson post-game.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. A spark from the bench. Indiana was a mess in the first half, down 16-6 with 10:21 remaining. But the bench scored IU’s next 13 points and during that five minute span the Hoosiers pulled to within 20-18. Anthony Leal, Tamar Bates, Jordan Geronimo and Michael Durr all scored during the run. Overall the bench scored 26 points after providing just 10 against Syracuse earlier in the week. Rob Phinisee also added five points and three assists.
2. A bounce-back defensive effort. Nebraska came into the game averaging 80 points a contest while shooting 45 percent from the field, but were held to 55 points on 37.7 percent shooting on the afternoon. Bryce McGowens came in averaging 18.5 per contest but was held to eight points on 3-of-14 shooting. Nebraska had just nine assists against 14 turnovers.
3. A balanced attack, and effective from three. Indiana proved it can win even when Trayce Jackson-Davis has a relatively quiet game in the scoring column. The Hoosiers had five with at least eight points, but no one with more than 14. Jackson-Davis had a team high 14 points on just 11 field goal attempts. Bates had 13 off the bench. The Hoosiers were 8-of-22 from three, good for 36.4 percent. It is the fifth straight game IU has been above 36 percent from long range, and they are now 37.4 percent on the season.
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