Indiana fell to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind. by a final score of 74-70.
The Scarlet Knights ran out to a 55-41 second half lead and held on to end a five-game losing streak and secure their first ever win at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers were led Armaan Franklin with 14 points. Trayce Jackson-Davis added 13.
The three keys to the game, highlights, and expanded stats are below.
IU (9-7, 4-5) will have eight days off before returning to action on Feb. 2 at home against Illinois.
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THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Defense struggles with dribble penetration. Rutgers spread Indiana out, often overloading a side and attacking the other. The Scarlet Knights had 15 assists and shot 50.9 percent from the field. Rutgers cooled off some down the stretch, but still scored around 1.2 points per possession, which is a season-worst figure for IU. It didn’t seem to matter who was guarding the ball or who had it for Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights were routinely able to get past the first line of defense.
2. Jackson-Davis limited. Indiana leading scorer Jackson-Davis was limited to just 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting. That was his third lowest scoring total of the season. Jackson-Davis was averaging 20.6 points coming into the season while shooting 54.2 percent from the field. He was also held under his season rebounding average of 8.8 with just seven on the afternoon. Rutgers center Myles Johnson had five of seven Scarlet Knight blocks on the game, and he bothered Jackson-Davis on several attempts around the basket.
3. Hoosiers struggle on two-pointers. IU was just 14-of-40 (35 percent) on two-point attempts in the game as Rutgers defended the rim well and forced the Hoosiers into mostly contested mid-range shots. The Hoosiers entered the game 52.4 percent on 2-pointers, but couldn’t get anything to go inside the arc. From 3-point range IU shot 10-of-16.
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