At the Buzzer: Indiana 79, Purdue 71

  • 02/25/2023 9:59 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 79-71 win against Purdue:

How it happened

Matt Painter’s strategy early was clear. The Purdue coach placed a heavy emphasis on slowing down Trayce Jackson-Davis. Caleb Furst started on Jackson-Davis with Zach Edey camping out in the lane rather than staying with Race Thompson. Jackson-Davis never got comfortable in the first half, only took three shots attempts and went scoreless in 16 minutes. Fortunately for the Hoosiers, Jalen Hood-Schifino carried the load offensively. The talented freshman played all 20 minutes in the first half, scoring 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting. The only other IU players to score in the first half were Miller Kopp (eight points) and Trey Galloway (three points). Purdue’s offense, on the other hand, was more balanced. Zach Edey led the way with 13 points and eight rebounds, but seven other Boilermakers also scored in the first half. By intermission, Purdue led 38-34 on the strength of free throw shooting – 12 makes versus four for Indiana – and offensive rebounding. The Boilermakers had 10 offensive rebounds and 10 second-chance points in the opening half.

After Purdue scored the first bucket of the second half, Indiana went on a 10-0 run to grab a 44-40 lead at the under-16 media timeout. Indiana stretched the lead to nine at 51-42 with 13:18 to play on a Race Thompson dunk, forcing Matt Painter to take a timeout. After Indiana took a 10-point lead on a Hood-Schifino jumper, Purdue answered with a 3-pointer by Fletcher Loyer to make it 53-46 by the under-12 timeout. Indiana stretched the lead to 13 on a Hood-Schifino jump shot with 8:38 remaining, which prompted another timeout from Painter. Purdue got within nine at the 4:58 mark, but Indiana stretched it back to 11 on a Jackson-Davis dunk with 2:56 to play. Purdue never got closer than eight the rest of the way as Indiana completed the regular season sweep of the Boilermakers.

Standout performers

Hood-Schifino went for 35 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot and a steal in 40 minutes. Kopp and Galloway each added 13 points. Kopp played 36 minutes, while Galloway logged 38. Jackson-Davis, after going scoreless in the first half, finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Statistics that stand out

Indiana’s offense put on a clinic in the second half. The Hoosiers exploded for 45 points on 18-for-31 shooting, good for 1.41 points per possession.

Final IU individual statistics

Final tempo-free statistics

Assembly Call postgame show

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