BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 13, 2020 - guard Armaan Franklin #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers during the game between the North Alabama Lions and the Indiana Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN. Photo by Missy Minear/Indiana Athletics

IU basketball: Indiana 87 North Alabama 52 — Three keys | Highlights | Final stats

Indiana defeated North Alabama by a final score of  87-52 on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

The three keys to the game, highlights and expanded stats are below.

The Hoosiers (4-2) will have the week off before facing Butler at the Crossroads Classic on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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1. A three-point barrage.  Indiana figured out how to attack the North Alabama zone in the second half.  Feeding the ball into the high post and then passing out to the wings, an IU team that has struggled from beyond the arc caught fire.  Indiana made 9-of-20 from long range after the break, with Armaan Franklin knocking home 4-of-4 attempts and Rob Phinisee and Khristian Lander each contributing two made three-pointers.  Franklin finished the game with a career high 19 points to lead IU.  IU made 13-of-33 from beyond the arc for the game.

2. Hoosiers dialed-in on defense.  Head coach Archie Miller has referred to defense as the team’s calling card, and the Hoosiers were solid once again on that end of floor.  North Alabama made only 21 of their 63 attempts from the field (33.3 percent), and they committed 18 turnovers against just 8 assists.  IU allowed only .65 points per possession for the game while compiling 10 steals and 7 blocks.

3. A highly efficient second half.  IU struggled on the offensive end in the first half, with 11 turnovers and just 5 assists.  Things improved dramatically after the break as Indiana flipped the script with 12 assists and 7 turnovers while shooting 53.3 percent overall.  Franklin and Anthony Leal both had 3 second half assists as Indiana moved the ball well against the UNA zone.


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