At the buzzer: Purdue 81, Indiana 69

  • 01/14/2021 9:33 pm in

Quick thoughts on an 81-69 loss to Purdue:

How it happened: Indiana’s defense offered little resistance through the first 10 minutes in Assembly Hall. The Boilermakers, on the strength of hot perimeter shooting, raced to a 29-17 lead by the 9:27 mark of the first half. An angry Archie Miller, perplexed by his team’s performance, called for a timeout. Whatever was said in the timeout by Miller had an impact. The Boilermakers scored just two points over the next 7:08 as Indiana drew within two on a Race Thompson layup. The end of the half, however, was nearly a catastrophe for the Hoosiers. After IU got within two at 33-31, Purdue reeled off seven straight points to stretch the lead to nine. Indiana responded with a 3-pointer by Jerome Hunter and a layup by Armaan Franklin just before time expired in the half. The Hoosiers went into the locker room trailing by just four and feeling fortunate after a disastrous start.

Indiana kept things close for the first seven minutes of the second half and pulled within one at 50-49 on an Armaan Franklin jumper with 13:12 to play. But the offense sputtered just as Purdue started to get Trevion Williams going in the post. By the under eight media timeout, Williams was up to 10 second half points and the Boilermakers led 64-54. But even as Purdue’s offense slowed down in the final seven minutes, Indiana’s offense was even more inept. Archie Miller took a timeout trailing 67-56 with 5:22 and his team in the midst of a field goal drought of more than five minutes. The Hoosiers wouldn’t get closer than six the rest of the way as Indiana dropped its eighth straight overall to Purdue. Archie Miller’s record against the Boilermakers now stands at 0-6 with an 0-4 mark at Assembly Hall.

Standout performer: Jackson-Davis finished with 25 points, but only played nine minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. The sophomore was 9-of-16 from the field and just 7-of-14 from the free throw line.

Statistics that stands out: Indiana shot it poorly from the perimeter and the free throw line. The Hoosiers were 3-of-18 on 3s (16.7 percent) and 16-of-29 from the free throw line (55.2 percent).

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