Indiana recorded the first Big Ten victory on Wednesday night 87-85 overtime win over Pennsylvania State University at meetinghouse.. The victory improved the Hoosiers to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten Conference.
Here are five points from the victory of the Nittany Lions:
• Seniors take the lead and Indiana finds a way to end the close quarters: There were many holes in Indiana’s performance on Wednesday night, but the Hoosiers finally closed the close quarters after missing out on opportunities with Florida State University, Northwestern University, and Illinois in recent weeks.
With each of these three close losses, Indiana had a slow lead just to see it slide down at the loss. On Wednesday, the Hoosiers seemed to suffer a similar fate again. Indiana took the lead at 12:58 in the second half, but Penn State took the first lead with a Samsessoms jump shot in 28 seconds of play.
Indiana replied with a split of two free throws by Trace Jackson Davis, and then Rob Finize arguably played the two most important plays of the game. Phinisee blocked Sessoms shot by a buzzer in regulation, overtimed the game, and hit a tough jumper in 14.3 seconds, pulling the IU to victory in the first meeting.
Archie Miller hasn’t hesitated to continue to look forward to Finize and Al Durham Jr., despite the bad play of the last few weeks. On Wednesday, both players provided the aggressive performance that senior students should expect.
“We’ve found a way. It’s great to have this tonight,” Miller said. “I think it’s more of a confidence in some people than anything else. Hopefully this will pick up a little of our juice and boost our energy as we move forward.”
• Defense to return with Big Ten Conference: Indiana did not allow opponents to score more than 1 point per possession through seven non-conference games.
Following 1.14 points per trip to Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday, Indiana surrendered more than one point per property in each of the three conference games.
The Nittany Lions were able to effectively expand the floor and create some lightly contested three-point attempts. Pennsylvania State University made 12 of 28 attempts from a distance. This was the best season for opponents in 10 games. It was a defensive performance that Miller knew that Indiana couldn’t repeat as the league continued.
“We will have to give in,” Miller explained. “I think we’ve made some guys play great, so we’ll be happy with some things offensively (in the movie), but I think we’ll be a little disappointed defensively. In every game. I don’t get 87 points, but I think I know. I’ll give up 85 (points) tonight. Probably that’s one downer. “
• Hooger aggressively balances: Recently, Indiana’s theme was one or two players aggressively carrying luggage, but Wednesday’s efforts were contributed by almost everyone in the rotation.
Finize’s 11 points recorded the first double-digit score since the match against Providence on November 30th. Durham’s 18 points were one less than the season’s highest 19 points against Providence. Tray Galloway, who won the championship for the second time in a row, won 10 points and gave 5 assists.
These contributions have relieved some of the pressure of Trace Jackson Davis, who scored double digits in 10 consecutive wins, and Armarn Franklin, who scored double digits in five consecutive wins.
Indiana probably wanted to try Jackson Davis more than 13 shots, but the sophomore took full advantage of the opportunity he had. Jackson Davis scored the game’s highest 21 points, eight-thirteenths from the field and five-sixths from the free throw line.
• Thompson has proved with all his might that Paint can be defensively destructive.: Throughout the 10 games, it’s clear that Race Thompson has made great strides as an athlete this offseason.
Thompson is more explosive on the first and second jumps, dunking at the rim instead of layup, demonstrating that he is a capable shot blocker.
As a sophomore in a red shirt, Thompson blocked 19 shots in 398 minutes. With 289 minutes this season, Thompson has 17 blocks, four of which will be the victory at Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday. In the Big Ten Game, Thompson’s block rate (6.7) is the ninth best at the conference.
Following the news on Wednesday Joey Brunck has had back surgery and is out indefinitelyIndiana continues to rely on Thompson for a major few minutes. So far, he’s not just looking forward to the challenge.
• Rebound remains a major concern: Indiana was one of Big Ten’s best rebound teams last season, ranking 4th in conference play for offensive rebounds and 3rd for defensive rebounds.
This season, Hoosiers has a lot to do to be considered the middle of the pack rebound team. Throughout the three league games, IU is 11th in offensive rebounds and 13th in defensive rebounds.
Miller has emphasized the importance of rebounds for over a month, but hasn’t made much progress.
“Rebounding is a big pain for us,” Miller said. “I think Pennsylvania State University participated in the game, but had a rebound margin of minus 6 or 8 games in the first two conference games. They weren’t a strong rebound team.”
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Five Points from a Victory at Pennsylvania State University, Indiana-Inside the Hall
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