At the Buzzer: Indiana 77, Purdue 73

  • 02/20/2016 10:52 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 77-73 win over Purdue:

How it happened: Save for a late run late from Purdue that made it close, this was a very solid performance for the Hoosiers, who led for nearly 33 minutes. The Hoosiers shot it very well from the perimeter (11-of-28) as seven different guys connected from distance. Indiana led the entire second half as Yogi Ferrell snapped out of shooting slump to finish with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Troy Williams was also terrific, especially early on. He scored 14 first half points as Indiana went into the halftime with a seven-point lead. The cushion ballooned all the way to 18 on a Robert Johnson 3-pointer with 7:14 to play, but Purdue didn’t go down without a fight. After a careless turnover by Ferrell in the game’s final minute, Dakota Mathias knocked down a 3 to draw Purdue within two at 75-73. Ferrell, however, drove to the basket and had his shot goaltended by A.J. Hammons with 7.1 seconds to play. Purdue’s last second attempt by A.J. Hammons rimmed off with just over two seconds to play as IU wrapped up its 22nd win overall and 12th in conference play.

Standout performer: It was a great performance for Williams, who finished with a game-high 19 points, two assists and no turnovers in 19 minutes. Williams was an efficient 7-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-4 on 3-pointers.

Statistic(s) that stands out: Two things won this game for Indiana: how well it took care of the ball and its work on the defensive glass. The Hoosiers had just four turnovers for a turnover percentage of 6.5 and limited the Boilermakers, the Big Ten’s best offensive rebounding team to just four offensive rebounds for an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.2.

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  • Ken Wickliff

    I think Coach Creen is off the hot seat. He has proven his team can play defense

  • Cool, thanks. And there you have it.

  • Chris

    I hope we can learn something from letting the big lead get away so quickly.The game is not over just because you push the lead to 19 points and your in assembly hall. Anything can happen if your not careful, including an injury to a very important player late in a game that should have been over. These kind of momentary lapses can make the difference between a great season and another rollercoaster ride that ends in disappointment for hoosier players and fans everywhere. Keep your heads up guys, but keep learning and growing. Go IU!

  • Koko

    He was flexing his foot up, down and side to side while sitting on the court after he fell. I don’t think an Achilles injury would let him do that. I saw him put his hand on his calf when sitting on the bench. Maybe a bad strain or pull.

  • Not to mention, now they’ll have to watch the tape of those last five minutes before they head to Illinois. Just a little reminder to keep playing for 40 minutes.

  • I liked how the help on the double-teams was also the one who contested the shots. This let Bryant not have to go up and possibly foul. Really smart plays.

  • Eljay

    Agreed. Purdue is legit, and I kept waiting for them to make a run.

    They made it and the clock crawled throughout the entire run.

  • HullsForMayor

    Indiana teams have had to hear for years how Purdue is the toughest, best defending team in the state (sometimes the entire country). Good for this years group to turn the tables on the Boilermakers and make them cough it up a few times!

    Purdue did not have an answer defensively for IU at any position. The Hoosiers played with complete control for 35 minutes, and truly valued their possessions.

  • Ole Man

    Those weren’t garbage shots. Many of them were uncontested 3s. IU’s D just went away the last TEN minutes.
    That plus some questionable, unnecessary, individual offensive choices.
    But I’m glad they hung on for the win.

  • Ole Man

    Hartman, although I love him, would have problems hangin’ with many true twos in our league.
    If you think he’s foul prone now……

  • Ole Man

    But what story do they tell????

  • BL

    Really good point. Played awesome at both ends, well, like a junior with his skill set should if he wants to lead his team to a BIG title and beyond. Very well done Troy Williams.

  • BL

    One more comment on Troy. He owes OG and JM big for coming to IU and pushing his butt. Just what the doctor ordered. Now they can truly settle in as the best backup wings in the country.

  • ForeverIU

    Kenpom had us winning this game by 4-5 points. We weren’t even supposed to have a 19-point lead. I’m happy we did, and it gave us a nice cushion throughout the game so we’re not playing tense and tight. And we were playing with foul trouble. It’s okay, we front-loaded our efforts.

  • pcantidote

    No doubt you are right, but I suppose he could post up those 2s on the other end. It is certainly not ideal but it really seems like our only option.


    Position ?

  • BL

    CH/TW can play 2 or 3 depending on defensive match ups. The good news, 2 and 3 in our offense is virtually indistinguishable.

  • IU track Alumni

    I’ve heard they are looking at him as a DB or an RB.

  • Chris

    I understand what you are saying , but I just believe the reason for Purdues big comeback and RJ injury could be mainly attributed to our overconfidence once we built the lead to 19 inside 10 minutes. We could have put them away at that point with a little more careful play and I believe if we had finished our business better the RJ incident probably would not have happened. This is just an observation opinion and its always easier said than done..especially when its hindsight. Lets enjoy where we are now but be more strategic from here on.

  • Chappy Dan

    One million upvotes.

  • Chappy Dan

    He’s prone to fouls getting called on him, yes.