Quick thoughts on an 86-70 win against Ohio State:
how it happened
It was a well-played first half in Bloomington by Ohio State and Indiana until the final three and a half minutes. That’s when Indiana kicked it into another gear on both ends. After Zed Key’s free throw to get the Buckeyes within one at 31-30, the Hoosiers exploded. Over the final 3:31, Indiana outscored Ohio State 15-0. Malik Reneau made a bucket to get the run going. Trey Galloway followed that with an acrobatic layup. Then Trayce Jackson-Davis had a fast break dunk. Another Jackson-Davis bucket stretched the lead to nine. Then Jalen Hood-Schifino hit a 3-pointer, his sixth of the half. Another Reneau bucket stretched the lead to 14 and then Kaleb Banks scored his second bucket of the game to make it 46-30 Hoosiers at intermission.
The Buckeyes got within 11 early in the second half, but Indiana stretched the lead to 17 at the 13:30 mark on a Jackson-Davis bucket. By the under-eight media timeout, Indiana’s lead was 15 at 70-55. The Hoosiers stretched the lead out to 19 on a pair of free throws by Jackson-Davis with 5:17 remaining. Ohio State never seriously challenged Indiana the rest of the way as the Hoosiers led by double digits throughout the half. The win, Indiana’s fifth straight, improved the Hoosiers to 15-6 overall and 6-4 in league play.
Hood-Schifino was terrific, finishing with 24 points on 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. It wasn’t the most efficient shooting night for Jackson-Davis (8-for-18), but he still managed another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also had six assists and two blocked shots. Malik Reneau also had his second straight double-figure scoring game with 15 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Statistics that stand out
Indiana’s 1.32 points per possession were its highest of the season against a high-major opponent. The Hoosiers shot 10-for-20 on 3s and only turned it over nine times.
Final UI individual statistics
Final tempo-free statistics
Assembly Call postgame show
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