Quick thoughts on a 64-56 win at Notre Dame:
How it happened: It was an ugly start for Indiana at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in the final Crossroads Classic. The Hoosiers trailed 24-15 and the attack stalled. But as we’ve seen several times this season, Indiana quickly flipped the switch and the momentum changed. The Hoosiers ended the half with a 15-3 run to take a 30-27 lead at the break. Notre Dame’s attack scored just 0.81 points per possession in the first 20 minutes. Early in the second half, it looked like Indiana would run away from the Fighting Irish. Indiana led 45-35 at 11:51 on a Trayce Jackson-Davis. However, Notre Dame answered with an 11-1 run to put the game at 46 with 8:11 left. Indiana extended the lead to five at 52-47 on a Rob Phinisee 3-pointer with 4:27 to play. Indiana made it 54-47 on a Xavier Johnson with 3:11 to play and 56-49 on a Jackson-Davis dunk with 2:34 to play. At 2:07, the Hoosiers led 58-49 on a pair of free throws from Jackson-Davis. Notre Dame never got closer than seven the rest of the way as Indiana improved to 9-2.
Standout Artists: It was a balanced scoring attempt for the Hoosiers, as four players finished in double figures. Jackson-Davis finished 17, Parker Stewart had 12, Race Thompson had 11 and Xavier Johnson finished 11. Rob Phinisee finished with a stellar line of six points, five rebounds and five assists from the bench.
Statistics that stand out: Indiana kept Notre Dame, who came into play with the nation’s 24th best offense according to KenPom, at just 56 points and 0.82 points per possession.
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