Indiana lost to Ohio State 80-69 in overtime on Monday evening at the Value City Arena in Columbus.
Ohio State led 33-28 at halftime and the game was tied at 63 at the end of regulation. IU was led in the game by Xavier Johnson with 16 points. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson both had 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Hoosiers (16-10, 7-9) will host Maryland on Thursday evening in Bloomington.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Another failure to close. Indiana led 63-59 with 2:47 left in regulation after a Tamar Bates jumper, but they wouldn’t score again until overtime. Indiana also led 70-69 in overtime before OSU closed the game on a 10-0 run. IU didn’t score in the last 2:30 of overtime. Combined in the last 2:47 of regulation and the last 2:30 of overtime the Hoosiers were outscored 14-0.
2. Branham a tough cover. Indiana was without perhaps its best two perimeter defenders in Trey Galloway and Rob Phinisee, and Ohio State got the ball in Malaki Branham’s hands on virtually every possession. He scored 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Beyond Branham, OSU made just 17-of-41 shots (41.4 percent), but Indiana could not keep the freshman guard from getting to the paint. He was 8-of-8 from the foul line and added 3 assists and 5 rebounds.
3. Indiana’s offense inefficient once again. The Hoosiers shot just 34.4 percent from the field, including 16-of-45 (35.5 percent) from 2-point range. IU’s three leading scorers were a combined 12-of-33 from the field to score 42 points. As a team IU made 6-of-19 from beyond the arc (31.6 percent). They were just 1-of-8 from the field in overtime.
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