Indiana lost to Purdue on Thursday night in Bloomington by a final score of 81-69.
Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers in scoring with 25 points, while Armaan Franklin scored 14 and Race Thompson added 13.
The three keys to the game, highlights and final stats are below.
See also: Miller and Franklin discuss the game
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Purdue starts hot from three, stays hot enough. The Boilermakers made six of their first seven attempts from behind the three-point line to storm out to an early lead. From there Purdue “cooled off” by making just 5 of its last 10 from behind the arc. Three players (Jaden Ivey, Ethan Morton and Aaron Wheeler) who came into the game 26.5 percent or worse from distance knocked down at least one 3-pointer. 11 of Purdue’s 25 field goals came from long range.
2. Hoosiers give points away at the stripe, struggle from three. IU got plenty of opportunities at the free throw line but didn’t capitalize. The Hoosiers made just 16-fo-29 attempts from the stripe. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson combined to go 12-of-23. Things were worse from behind the arc where IU shot just 3-of-18 (16.7 percent). The Hoosiers got just eight points combined from guards Al Durham and Rob Phinisee. They were 1-of-5 from three. In his first action coming off an ankle injury, Armaan Franklin was 0-of-5 from three.
3. Can’t dig out of the hole. In large part due to the first two keys, Indiana could never get over the hump. With the early three-point onslaught in full effect, Purdue pulled out to a 29-17 advantage with 8:06 left before the break. Behind a strong defensive effort to close out the first half, IU cut that lead to 40-36 at halftime. Indiana had the deficit down to one at 50-49, but the Hoosiers struggled to score down the stretch. IU went over five minutes without a field goal as Purdue turned a 57-53 lead into a backbreaking 67-56 edge.
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