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IU basketball: Northwestern 59 Indiana 51 — Three keys | Highlights | Final stats

Indiana lost to Northwestern by a final score of 59-51 on Tuesday evening at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.

The Hoosiers led 30-26 at halftime and were led in the game by Race Thompson with 14.  Trayce Jackson-Davis had 13 points and 11 rebounds.  Indiana played the game without five suspended players.

IU (16-7, 7-6) will stay on the road and face Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday.

This breaking story will be updated with highlights and expanded stats.

THREE KEYS TO THE GAME (will be updated)

1. Awkward rotations lead to mixed results.  Indiana was without five rotation players who were suspended.  The Hoosiers were effective on the defensive end for most of the game but struggled to produce points in the second half.  IU scored just 21 second half points, while Northwestern shot 31.9 percent from the field for the game.

2. Northwestern controls the offensive glass, doesn’t turn it over.  The Wildcats weren’t a strong offensive rebounding team coming in but they secured 16 offensive rebounds and scored 14 points off those second chances.  They also had just six turnovers on the night.

3. Race and Trayce inefficient.  With a diminished backcourt, Indiana couldn’t afford an off night from its star forwards, but Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson made just 11-of-26 shots on the night.