At the buzzer: Indiana 87, Tennessee Tech 59

  • 12/21/2017 10:04 pm in

Quick thoughts on an 87-59 win over Tennessee Tech:

How it happened: A layup by Shaq Calhoun pulled Tennessee Tech within three at 27-24 late in the first half and it looked like Indiana might have a 40-minute battle on its hands. But rather than letting an inferior opponent stick around on Branch McCracken Court, Indiana ripped off an 11-2 run to claim a 38-26 halftime cushion. From there, the rout was on. After allowing Fort Wayne to tie an Assembly Hall record with 17 made 3-pointers, the Hoosiers were much better guarding the perimeter on Thursday night. Tennessee Tech, which entered the game shooting 38.4 percent from distance, went just 5-of-18 on 3s. Indiana, meanwhile, only turned it over 10 times on its way to 1.21 points per possession. The win sends Indiana into an eight-day break with just one non-conference game remaining until Big Ten play resumes.

Standout performer: Josh Newkirk led IU in scoring with 20 points and also had six assists and four rebounds in 24 minutes. Freddie McSwain tied a career-high with 10 points and also added six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana held Tennessee Tech to just .82 points per possession, its best defensive performance through 13 games.

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  • Speed

    To state the obvious a much better effort on both ends. Especially liked the defensive effort as it was obvious from the get-go. Held my breath when Davis went out and Green went down but both appear to be able to go. Glad the team put the stinker behind them. Now they have something positive to build on.

  • Speed

    I would be remiss if I did not mention McRoberts. The kids has got a nose for the ball and always hustles. Not the most talented nor the best defensive player but what he lacks in talent he makes up in effort.

  • Ben thorne

    I tell you what, I like J Smith. That and if Mc3pter gets some additional confidence, we might have a little somethin.

  • Ole Man

    Little shaky on O the first half, but they put it together in the second half.
    Finally played an inferior team like they should.
    Progress.

  • Ole Man

    I’m out early tonight.
    Merry Christmas everyone.
    Blessings to you and your families!

  • Speed

    Same to you! Best wishes to all!

  • BKLock

    Glad to see them bounce back and play the game with purpose. Heard that AM got in their faces a little but after the shoot around.

    ZMac’s confidence keeps growing with each game.
    Grateful to see Davis and Green were able to play though there injuries.
    Good to see JN play a better all around game .
    Steady play continues from JM and RJ

    I’ll take 10 turnovers in a game but I’m still concerned about the careless unforced TO’s. I know they are not perfect kids but better decision making with the ball could have cut that total in half.

    Time to move on to Youngstown State. Go Hoosiers!

  • And One

    Merriest Christmas to you, and a happy new year!

  • TomJameson

    Same to you Tony.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    You to also. I hope you are well and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Ivan Renko

    Enjoy the 8 day break everyone…God knows we need it. Merry Christmas to all!

  • Koko

    ZM shot 5 3 pointers tonight. I wonder if someone told him to
    start shooting more or if he decided to on his own. Either way
    I’m happy to see it.
    Merry Christmas everybody.

  • Jethro Jones

    And hit 40% of those 5!

  • Koko

    Yes….and let’s hope he keeps shooting them.

  • AndyCapp

    Merry Christmas Ole Man!