Northwestern defeated Indiana by a final score of 74-67 on Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind.
The three keys, highlights, and expanded stats are below.
Indiana (5-3) will travel to Illinois for a 4 p.m. ET tip on Saturday afternoon in Champaign.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Northwestern answers big Indiana run. Indiana recovered from a 33-18 first half deficit to claim a 50-47 lead. But Chase Audige scored all of his 17 points in the final nine minutes to lead a 27-17 closing run for the Wildcats. At one point the run was 12-0 after Northwestern turned a 54-50 deficit into a 62-54 lead, punctuated by a Miller Kopp three-pointer with 5:32 remaining.
2. Indiana struggles with turnovers. Possessions were at a premium in this one and IU gave it away too often. The Hoosiers coughed it up 16 times for a 25 percent turnover rate. Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis had his second straight 5 turnover game. IU has turned it over 14 or more times for six straight games.
3. Phinisee and Durham not productive. Starting guards Rob Phinisee and Al Durham combined for just 6 points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field including 0-for-5 from behind the arc. Neither of the duo was able to produce their own offense and they struggled on the defensive against Audige in the closing minutes. Phinisee has not reached double-figures since the win over Providence. Durham has only reached double figures once (Butler – 11) during that run.
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