At the buzzer: Indiana 90, Marshall 79
Quick thoughts on a 90-79 win over Marshall:
How it happened: Indiana’s defense, its strong suit through its first five games, was a problem in the first half against Marshall. The Hoosiers had barely trailed at all this season, but the Thundering Herd waltzed right into Bloomington and opened up a 12-point lead at the six-minute mark of the first half on a jump shot by Mikel Beyers. Indiana rallied from the deficit to cut the lead to one by halftime at 42-41 thanks to a strong half by All-American candidate Trayce Jackson-Davis. Turnovers didn’t help in the first half, either, as Indiana committed nine that led to 11 points for Marshall. The Hoosiers exploded out of the gate in the second half and by the 14:36 mark, led by 13 on Miller Kopp 3-pointer. Marshall, however, didn’t quit. By the 7:37 mark, the Thundering Herd were within three after a free throw by Taevion Kinsey. The Hoosiers answered with a 9-2 run to claim a 79-69 margin at the 6:02 mark. Marshall never seriously challenged Indiana the rest of the way as the Hoosiers improved to 6-0 ahead of Tuesday’s matchup with Syracuse.
Standout performer: Jackson-Davis was unstoppable for Indiana. He went for 22 points before intermission on 11-of-14 shooting and followed that up with 21 points in the second half. Jackson-Davis finished with a career-high 43 points. The junior also added five rebounds, five blocked shots, four assists and two steals in 37 minutes.
Statistics that stands out: Indiana shot 8-of-15 on 3s (53.3 percent) and 14-of-19 from the free throw line (73.7 percent).
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Assembly Call postgame show:
Filed to: Marshall Thundering Herd