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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Penn State – Inside the Hall


#Indiana recorded its first #Big #Ten win on #Wednesday night with an 87-85 overtime win over #Penn #State at #Assembly #Hall. The victory improved the #Hoosiers to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in #Big #Ten play.

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#Here are five takeaways from the win over the #Nittany #Lions:

• #With upperclassmen leading, #Indiana found a way to close out a close game: There were plenty of holes in #Indiana’s performance on #Wednesday night, but after missed opportunities against #Florida #State, #Northwestern and #Illinois in recent weeks, the #Hoosiers finally closed out a close game.

#In each of those three close losses, #Indiana had a late lead only to see it slip away in a loss. #On #Wednesday, it looked like the #Hoosiers might again suffer a similar fate. #Indiana led by 12 with 9:58 to play in the second half, but #Penn #State took its first lead on a #Sam #Sessoms jump shot with 28 seconds to play.

#Indiana answered with a split of two free throws by #Trayce #Jackson-Davis and then #Rob #Phinisee made arguably the two most important plays of the game. #Phinisee blocked a #Sessoms shot at the buzzer in regulation that sent the game to overtime and then hit a tough jumper with 14.3 seconds to play to lift IU to its first conference win.

#Archie #Miller hasn’t shied away from continuing to place expectations on #Phinisee and #Al #Durham #Jr. despite their poor play in recent weeks. #On #Wednesday, both players delivered offensive performances that should be expected out of upperclassmen.

“We found a way. #To be able to get this one tonight is a big one,” #Miller said. “I think more than anything is the confidence in some guys. #As we move forward hopefully this picks up our juice a little bit and our energy up.”

• #Defense regressing in #Big #Ten play: #Through seven non-conference games, #Indiana didn’t allow an opponent to score more than a point per possession.

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#Following #Penn #State’s 1.14 points per trip on #Wednesday, #Indiana has surrendered more than a point per possession in each of its three conference games.

The #Nittany #Lions were able to effectively spread the floor and produce several lightly contested 3-point attempts. #Penn #State made 12 of its 28 attempts from distance, which was a season-high for an opponent through 10 games. #It was a defensive performance that #Miller knows #Indiana can’t repeat as league play continues.

“We are going to have to buckle down,” #Miller explained. “We are going to be happy with some things offensively (on film) because I think we had some guys make some great plays, but I think defensively we are going to be a little disappointed. #We are just not going to be able to score 87 points every game, I think we know that. #We give up 85 (points) tonight, that is probably the one downer.”

• #Hoosiers show balance offensively: #One or two players carrying the load offensively had been a theme recently for #Indiana, but #Wednesday’s effort had contributions from nearly everyone in the rotation.

#Phinisee’s 11 points marked his first double-figure scoring output since the #Providence game on #Nov. 30. #Durham’s 18 points were one below his season-high of 19, which also came against #Providence. #Trey #Galloway, who made his second straight start, had 10 points and dished out five assists.

#Those contributions took some of the pressure off of #Trayce #Jackson-Davis, who scored in double figures for the 10th straight game and #Armaan #Franklin, who scored in double figures for the fifth straight contest.

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#Indiana probably would have liked to get #Jackson-Davis more than 13 shot attempts, but the sophomore forward made the most of the opportunities he did receive. #Jackson-Davis scored a game-high 21 points, was 8-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

• #At full strength, #Thompson proving he can be disruptive defensively in the paint: #Through 10 games, it’s clear #Race #Thompson made major gains athletically this offseason.

#Thompson is more explosive with his first and second jumps, he’s finishing with dunks at the rim rather than layups and he’s showing himself to be a capable shot blocker.

#As a redshirt sophomore, #Thompson blocked 19 shots in 398 minutes. #This season to date in 289 minutes, #Thompson has 17 blocks with four of those coming in #Wednesday’s win over #Penn #State. #In #Big #Ten games, #Thompson’s block percentage (6.7) ranks ninth-best in the conference.

#Following #Wednesday’s news that #Joey #Brunk underwent back surgery and is out indefinitely, #Indiana will continue to lean on #Thompson for major minutes. #So far, he looks more than up for the challenge.

• #Rebounding remains a major concern: #Indiana was one of the #Big #Ten’s best rebounding teams last season, ranking 4th in conference play in offensive rebounding percentage and 3rd in defensive rebounding percentage.

#This season, the #Hoosiers have a lot of work to do to even be considered a middle of the pack rebounding team. #Through three league games, IU is 11th in the conference in offensive rebounding percentage and 13th in defensive rebounding percentage.

#Miller has harped on the importance of rebounding for more than a month now, but not much progress is being made.

“Rebounding is a big struggle for us,” #Miller said. “Penn #State, I think coming into the game, had a rebound margin in their first two conference games of minus six or eight a game. #It was not like they were a powerful rebounding team.”

#Filed to: #Aljami #Durham, #Archie #Miller, #Armaan #Franklin, #Penn #State #Nittany #Lions, #Race #Thompson, #Robert #Phinisee, #Trayce #Jackson-Davis



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