Quick thoughts on an 80-78 loss to Ohio State:
How it happened: Things looked bleak early on for Indiana. Ohio State jumped out to a 4-0 lead early and led by as many as 12 at the 5:55 mark of the first half. The Hoosiers, however, would respond. After a jumper by Kam Williams gave the Buckeyes a 26-14 lead, Indiana answered with an 8-0 run. And by halftime, Indiana had tied the Buckeyes at 33. But the second half would begin much like the first. Ohio State was crisp offensively and Indiana was not. The only IU bucket in the first four minutes of the second frame was a Zach McRoberts 3-pointer. Ohio State’s lead grew to seven. But on senior night, Indiana would not go without a fight. The Hoosiers claimed their first lead of the second half on a Josh Newkirk layup with 3:55 to play. Both teams buckled down defensively in the final minutes of regulation and the Hoosiers had a chance to win it in closing seconds of regulation, but Robert Johnson’s shot came up just short. The game wouldn’t be decided until double overtime when C.J. Jackson hit a 3-pointer to lift the Buckeyes to a two-point win.
Standout performers: Juwan Morgan finished with a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds and Robert Johnson had 17 points.
Statistic that stands out: Free throw shooting was once again an issue as the Hoosiers hit just 13-of-23 from the line in the loss.
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Filed to: Ohio State Buckeyes