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IU basketball: Rutgers 61 Indiana 50 — Three keys | Highlights | Final stats

Indiana lost to Rutgers by a final score of 61-50 on Thursday evening in second round action at The Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.  The Scarlet Knights completed a three game sweep of IU.

The Hoosiers were led by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 19 points and 9 rebounds.  Al Durham added nine in his final game for IU.

The three keys to the game and final box score are below.  Highlights and expanded stats will be added shortly.

This more than likely ends the season for Indiana (12-15).  The Hoosiers are not likely to participate in any postseason action.

Stay tuned to The Daily Hoosier for more coverage of the game.


1. Second half scoring drought.  Following a script that plagued them throughout the season, Indiana went more than seven minutes without a point, and finished the final 9:50 of the game without a field goal.  Armaan Franklin made a baseline jumper to give IU a 48-47 lead just under the ten minute mark, and IU never scored again from the field.  The Hoosiers shot just 27.6 percent in the second half and missed several shots at close range.

2. Shooting woes strike again.  Indiana made just 2 of 16 shots from 3-point range and 6 of 15 from the free throw line.  In the second half IU was 0 of 7 from behind the arc and 2 of 8 from the charity stripe.  Indiana took care of the ball, committing just nine turnovers while generating 14 assists on 21 made field goals, but time and again they couldn’t knock down anything from the field or the line.

3. Strong defensive effort goes to waste.  IU started strong on the defensive end and played well enough there to win the game.  The Hoosiers held Rutgers to 40 percent from the field including 26.1 percent from 3-point range.  According to the live stats, Rutgers scored .968 points per possession.  On the negative side Rutgers had 12 offensive rebounds and score nine points off those second chances, and at times IU struggled to stay in front of dribble penetration.

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