Film Session: Notre Dame
Juwan Morgan willed the Hoosiers to victory on Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The junior pumped in 20 points over the final 3:29 of regulation and overtime to almost single-handedly pull out the win for Indiana.
The bulk of Morgan’s scores came out of post ups, as Notre Dame had trouble stopping him once he got the ball or simply fouled him before he even made a move to send him to the line.
Beyond his play on offense, Morgan also made key plays on defense, securing rebounds to end Irish possessions and bothering Notre Dame at the rim with his length to ensure shots didn’t fall. From there, he’d go on to score on the other end.
We’ll dive into a super cut and chart out Morgan’s performance in the latest edition of Film Session:
Video of second half scores:
First score (3:29): Morgan hedges to stop Matt Farrell and recovers back to thwart Bonzie Colson at the rim. He then secures a defensive rebound to grab possession for the Hoosiers. On the other end of the court, Morgan gets position to snag an offensive board off a Devonte Green miss. He’s fouled on the ensuing made putback, but misses the and-1 opportunity at the line.
Second score (2:30): Morgan receives the ball on the right high post with his back to the basket, makes a move to the middle of the paint and scores over Martinas Geben.
Third score (1:49): TJ Gibbs fouls Morgan as he tries to get position on the right high post again. He made one of two at the line with Indiana in the bonus.
Fourth score (1:35): Morgan’s second missed free throw at the 1:49 mark was rebounded by Zach McRoberts — sound familiar? — to keep the possession alive for the Hoosiers. From there, Robert Johnson eventually receives the ball on the left wing. Johnson has a mismatch on Geban and takes it to the hole. Rex Pflueger helps on Johnson, leaving Morgan room on the left block. Johnson makes the pass and Morgan scores and is fouled by Geben. He hits the ensuing and-1 opportunity to pull Indiana within four points of Notre Dame.
Fifth score (51 seconds) : Morgan helps out on defense to make Gibbs’ shot at the rim tough. It doesn’t fall. He grabs the defensive rebound and brings the ball up the court himself. He backs Colson down from the right wing to the right block and is fouled by Colson. He made both free throws at the line to pull Indiana within two points. This was a do-all sequence from Morgan on both ends.
Sixth score (13 seconds): Morgan secures the defensive rebound off a Notre Dame miss. Indiana calls a timeout with 21 seconds to go. Green passes to Morgan out past the left high post near the top of the key. He waits, then makes a move across to the right side of the lane, down to the right post and scores up and over Austin Torres to tie the game.
Continue to the next page to see Morgan’s overtime scores:
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