Indiana defeated Jackson State by a final score of 70-35 on Tuesday evening at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers led at halftime 34-17. They were led in the game by Xavier Johnson with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Miller Kopp added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Trayce Jackson-Davis rounded out the double-digit scoring with 11, and Jordan Geronimo had a team high 8 rebounds.
Indiana (5-0) will host Marshall on Saturday at 7 p.m. Eastern in Bloomington.
See also: Woodson, Kopp and Johnson post-game.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Defense continues to put up elite numbers. Indiana came into the game with the top field goal percentage defense in the country, and they’ll probably stay there. Jackson State shot just 12-of-58 for the game, good for just 20.7 percent. The Tigers were just 3-of-19 from three and had just 7 assists against 11 turnovers. JSU went more than six minutes during a first half stretch without a field goal and they didn’t score until 4:34 into the second half.
2. Xavier Johnson under control. Okay, Johnson is never really under control, and that’s a good thing, but it was controlled chaos for the senior point guard. Johnson had a team high 14 points to go with 7 rebounds and 3 assists against just 1 turnover. He also stayed out of foul trouble. Johnson probed early and often and looked to break down the defense with dribble drives. With Johnson facilitating IU shot 6-of-15 (40 percent) from three.
3. Indiana’s size too much. The Hoosiers controlled the paint against the Tigers. IU held a 44-33 rebounding advantage and outscored JSU 28-8 in the paint. Indiana also had 8 blocks on the night.
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