Indiana defeated St. John’s by a final score of 76-74 on Wednesday evening at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Leading the way for Indiana was Trayce Jackson-Davis with 18 points and 10 rebounds. IU led 39-27 at halftime.
The Hoosiers (3-0) will host Louisiana on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME (will be updated)
1. A balanced attack gets it done. Jackson-Davis had 18 points, Race Thompson 15, Miller Kopp 12 and Tamar Bates 11. Bates scored all of his points in the first half and garnered a career-high. Jackson-Davis had a double-double with 10 rebounds and added four assists. Thompson added four steals and hit a big shot in the final minute. Kopp had two threes, three blocks, and his highest point total at IU.
2. Key plays down the stretch. While Indiana let the halftime lead slip away, they never fell behind and made some big plays down the stretch. Xavier Johnson, who dealt with foul trouble, knifed into the lane for a layup with 1:14 left, and Race Thompson made a floater with :25 left. Indiana got a stop on St. John’s final possession to seal the win after they pulled Jackson-Davis out of the game and subbed in Jordan Geronimo who had a hand in the face of the shooter.
3. Geronimo and Lander with some important second half minutes. Jordan Geronimo had 7 points, all in the second half to help slow the Red Storm rally. He made a three almost as soon as he checked in, and also hit a reverse layup and a mid-range shot. With Johnson in foul trouble and Rob Phinisee struggling, Khristian Lander played six minutes, had two points, and held his own against the St. John’s pressure.
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