At the buzzer: Indiana 57, UConn 54

  • 12/11/2019 12:13 am in

Quick thoughts on a 57-54 win over UConn:

How it happened: Less than seven minutes in, it looked like Indiana might be in for a repeat of its performance from Saturday in Madison. UConn raced to a 15-6 lead as Akok Akok controlled the paint and the Huskies were the aggressor on both ends. But as the Hoosiers settled in and UConn failed to take care of the ball, things quickly turned. Trailing 26-16 with 5:17 to play in the first half, Indiana ripped off an 18-3 run to take a 34-29 lead into intermission. Rob Phinisee, who suited up for the first time since the Princeton game, was a catalyst on both ends. The second half started slowly for Indiana as the Hoosiers only mustered four points in the first 12 minutes, but UConn simply wasn’t good enough to take control. Joey Brunk, after a rough first half, scored seven points in a 1:48 stretch to give IU a two-point cushion. The lead stretched to six on an Al Durham Jr. layup with 2:34 to play and the Huskies wouldn’t get closer than two the rest of the way as Indiana made just enough plays down the stretch to record its ninth win.

Standout performer: In his first game in three weeks, Phinisee scored six points in 13 minutes and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. His presence in the first half was a major reason the Hoosiers led by five at the break and he made two key free throws late to help seal the victory.

Statistic that stands out: UConn turned it over 22 times for a turnover percentage of 33, which was a significant factor in the outcome. Indiana scored just 12 points off of those 22 mishaps.

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Photo credit: Indiana Basketball on Twitter

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