At the buzzer: Purdue 74, Indiana 67

  • 01/28/2018 5:39 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 74-67 loss to Purdue:

How it happened: In a lot of ways, Sunday’s matinee at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall felt like IU’s late November matchup with Duke in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. A pregame ceremony honoring former IU guard and current Indiana Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo brought the crowd to its feet. And IU’s hot start gave the building an energy it hadn’t felt since the No. 1 Blue Devils came to town. The Hoosiers led by as many as 10 in the first half, but Purdue had the lead down to just two at the break as its senior dominated lineup wasn’t rattled. Purdue’s answer to start the second half was further proof that the Boilermakers wouldn’t go quietly. Purdue was the aggressor to start the second half and led 44-39 by the 16:13 mark. The Hoosiers battled back to claim a 53-48 lead at the 11:39 mark and from there, the lead would change several times before the closing minutes. Purdue, however, landed the game’s final punch as it stretched its lead to five multiple times to record its 17th straight win. Indiana simply had no answer for Isaac Haas, who scored 26 points in a career-high 30 minutes.

Standout performers: Robert Johnson and Juwan Morgan were both outstanding on an afternoon where IU desperately needed its best players to play well. Johnson hit several tough shots and was 8-of-16 from the floor for 21 points. And Morgan posted his third game this week with 20 or more points. The junior from Waynesville (Mo.) finished with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana once again struggled from the free throw line. The Hoosiers hit just 10-of-17 for 58.8 percent.

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  • VAHoosier

    He absolutely would have!

  • IUBizmark

    The state of Kentucky has, what, 10 national championships. Indiana has 5, all from IU. It’d be nice to see another program in the state start to pull their weight.

  • IUBizmark

    Totally forgot about Race.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Blasphemy!!!

  • IUBizmark

    RoJo also turned it over in the last 3 minutes and added that statue of liberty BS layup attempt (if you can call it that), which was basically a turnover as well. Brutal.

  • coachv

    true

  • coachv

    i’d love to believe an iu player would come back to “accomplish something special” but i have lost faith in that quaint notion. blackmon, bryant and og could have come back and accomplished something special if it meant enough to them. instead, blackmon and bryant are content to toil in obscurity in the g league. blackmon will never play in the nba so he has given up the spotlight forever in exchange for money. zeller and oladipo before them. vonleh. gordon. other players have put off the nba and lost some money to live out an ncaa championship dream. bridges. hell, one year florida had three 1st round picks return for another season, i think. just never the indiana players. sigh

  • coachv

    word

  • coachv

    been worried about that, too

  • Ivan Renko

    Purdue fans are ugly. Get a life and stop trolling

  • mharv2631

    Every time we get tall bald ref, we are in trouble.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Overall a solid effort by the team, very shorthanded. Rojo was great, great defense on Edwards. Morgan was a beast again, alot of high level minutes. Good game plan throughout, I thought Archie could have called more timeouts down the stretch on big possessions to get some stuff set up to get a bucket, had some rough possessions under four minutes but still took them to the wire despite playing only basically seven guys. And hate to say it but Purdue is very very good, they have everything to win it all.

  • Ole Man

    You must not know very much about the game to post that nonsense.

  • Ole Man

    One thing I like about Archie, he even called himself out on possibly calling more timeouts down the stretch. No excuse making!

  • 3AM Burrito

    That is great I did not see that. I do like Archie’s demeanor and he is typically very transparent and candid in his comments.

  • 3AM Burrito

    The experience level as well. V Edwards, Thompson, Mathias, Haas – played together a long time and have gotten so much better. Used to be you could count on their backcourt to fade, those guys are pretty tough now.

    Still, if IU could have hit free throws and a couple more threes…..

  • 3AM Burrito

    Agreed, after the Wisky game it was not looking good, Archie has responded and the team has as well.

  • Hoosier Daddy

    Lol yep such nonsense as to think a d1 program should be ready to play on any days rest..crazy thought! I suppose that’s why we have never won a B10 tourney