At the buzzer: Indiana 68, Purdue 65

  • 01/20/2022 9:34 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 68-65 win over Purdue:

How it happened: It was a bleak start on Thursday for Indiana inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers appeared to be without a plan offensively early on. Trayce Jackson-Davis picked up two early fouls. And by the under 12 media timeout, the Hoosiers trailed 16-8 and were scoring just .66 points per possession. Lafayette native Rob Phinisee came to the rescue. The 6-foot-1 senior guard poured in 17 points (7-of-10 shooting) as Indiana opened an 11-point lead by the 1:19 mark of the first half. Trey Galloway’s defense helped stifle Jaden Ivey, who got so frustrated at one point that he shoved Galloway to the floor and picked up a flagrant one foul. By half, Purdue was just 12-of-27 from the field and had committed 10 turnovers. Indiana, a 3.5-point underdog, led 37-28 at intermission.

Purdue had an answer to start the second half. Ivey came to life offensively. By the 16-minute mark, Indiana’s lead was down to just one at 43-42. Indiana answered with a 7-0 run to lead 50-42 at the 14:11 mark. Purdue got within five at 54-49 with 10:45 to play, but a Xavier Johnson 3-pointer pushed the lead back to eight with 10:27 to play. Purdue answered with five straight points to cut the lead to three at the 9:32 mark. Indiana held the lead until the 3:36 mark when Ivey tied the game at 63.

Indiana had a chance to take the lead with 1:21 to play, but Jackson-Davis went to the line and missed two free throws. Purdue took a timeout and then took the lead at 65-63 on a Mason Gillis layup with 1:08 to play. On Indiana’s next possession, Xavier Johnson had his layup blocked and Purdue took another timeout with 50.3 seconds to play. On Purdue’s next possession, Trevion Williams missed a layup and Indiana had possession with just over 33 seconds to play. Phinisee missed a 3-pointer, but the ball went out of bounds on Purdue. Indiana used its final timeout with 19.3 seconds to go. Out of it, Phinisee knocked in a 3-pointer 16.9 seconds to play. Purdue took a timeout with 12.5 seconds to play. Ivey missed a runner from the right side and Purdue fouled Jackson-Davis with 5.1 seconds to play. Jackson-Davis made both free throws and Ivey’s 3-pointer missed as time expired as Indiana snapped its nine-game losing streak to Purdue.

Standout performer: Phinisee’s 20 points were a career-high and Johnson wasn’t far behind with 18 points of his own. Race Thompson also turned in a very big night with nine points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Defense won this game for the Hoosiers. Indiana held Purdue, the nation’s best offense, to just .98 points per possession. It was the first time the Boilermakers scored under a point per possession all season.

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