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IU basketball: Indiana 79 Northern Kentucky 61 — Three keys | Highlights | Final stats

Indiana defeated Northern Kentucky by a final score of 79-61 on Wednesday evening at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosiers led 38-14 at halftime.  They were led by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 21 points.  Race Thompson added 14.

IU (10-2, 1-1) will now have a week off.  They host UNC Asheville next Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern in Bloomington.

See also:  Woodson, Leal and Jackson-Davis discuss win over Northern Kentucky

THREE KEYS TO THE GAME (Will be updated).

1. Paint domination.  Indiana outscored NKU 48-12 in the paint and outrebounded them 38-24.  Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson combined to go 16-of-20 from the field with a combined 35 points.  The pair also had 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals in a combined 54 minutes.

2. Stifling first half defense.  The Hoosiers held Northern Kentucky to just 5-of-32 shooting and 14 first half points.  The Norse scored just .452 points per possession before the break.  Things didn’t go nearly as well after halftime as NKU posted 47 points but they never seriously threatened due to the first half margin.

3. Healthy bench production.  Indiana scored 31 bench points led by Rob Phinisee with 10.  It was a second straight strong effort for the senior guard, who was 4-of-8 from the field including 2-of-3 from three.  Jordan Geronimo and Michael Durr added to the paint dominance with 8 and 6, respectively.  In a twist, normal starter Parker Stewart came off the bench and didn’t play in the first half.  Head coach Mike Woodson would not elaborate on the reasoning.  Stewart made a three-pointer.

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