Indiana lost to Purdue by a final score of 67-58 on Saturday afternoon at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. It was Indiana’s fifth straight loss on the season, and ninth straight to Purdue.
The Hoosiers trailed 29-20 at halftime and never got closer than 35-31 in second half. IU was led by Al Durham with 14 points. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Jerome Hunter both added 12.
The three keys to the game and final box score are below. Highlights and expanded stats will be added shortly.
IU (12-14, 7-12) will play in the Big Ten Tournament next week as the No. 10 seed.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Another poor shooting effort. Indiana shot just 38.5 percent from the field overall including 21.7 percent from 3-point range. As a team IU was 5 of 23 from 3-point range, and Jerome Hunter and Rob Phinisee combined to go 2 of 13. IU was better than what they have been recently from 2-point range (15 of 29), but 23 of their 52 overall attempts came from behind the arc in this one.
2. Decent defensive effort goes to waste. The Hoosiers forced 15 Purdue turnovers and did enough on the defensive end to stay within striking distance for most of the afternoon. Indiana was able to do a respectable job guarding the 3-point line as Purdue made just 6 of 21 (28.6) percent. But the Boilers were 17 of 27 on 2-pointers. Purdue didn’t score until the 15:33 mark of the first half, and they were still at just 48 points with six minutes to go in the game.
3. Jackson-Davis held in check, Ivey and Edey have answers. Indiana sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis was limited to just 12 points on nine field goals attempts, and he had five rebounds. He was averaging 19.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 13.2 field goal attempts per game coming into the contest. Each time Indiana appeared to mount a rally, Purdue’s Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey seemed to score at the rim. They finished with 20 and 17, respectively.
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