Quick thoughts on a 61-57 win at Minnesota:
How did it happen
Wednesday’s circumstances in Minneapolis were abnormal. Mike Woodson did not make the trip due to a recent diagnosis of COVID-19. Minnesota leading scorer Dawson Garcia suffered an ankle injury. Empty seats were plentiful in the Williams Arena pregame. Indiana, a double-digit favorite, came out lacking in focus. The Hoosiers turned the ball over five times in the first eight minutes. Minnesota quickly entered the bonus as IU struggled to defend straight line drives. After six minutes, Minnesota led 24-18. Indiana seemed to find their footing offensively in the final six minutes as the Hoosiers scored 15 points to take a 33-30 halftime lead. Trayce Jackson-Davis had nine points and 11 rebounds in the first half, but was just 4-for-9 from the field. Malik Reneau led IU with 10 points in the first half.
It wasn’t a particularly strong start to the second half, but Indiana made enough plays to extend the lead to seven at 45-38 on a Jackson-Davis bucket on an offside baseline. The Hoosiers led 47-40 in the Under-12 media timeout. Minnesota, however, had an answer. The Gophers scored the next seven points to tie it at 47, forcing Yasir Rosemond to take a timeout. Minnesota then took a 50-49 lead on a 3-point Jamison Battle with 8:55 left. Indiana, however, quickly regained the lead on a Trey Galloway 3-pointer with 8:28 left. Minnesota took the lead again at 55-54 on a 3-pointer Battle with 6:22 remaining. A Jackson-Davis dunk with 2:22 remaining cut Minnesota’s lead to 57-56.
With 43.7 seconds left, Race Thompson split a pair of free throws to make 57, but a Jackson-Davis offensive rebound off the missed free kick and subsequent drop gave IU a 59-57 lead. Ta’Lon Cooper missed a 3-pointer on Minnesota’s next possession and Miller Kopp caught a loose ball and called a timeout with just over 20 seconds left. Minnesota then let the clock drop to 8.2 seconds before fouling Trey Galloway. Galloway did both to go 61-57 and secure a fourth straight victory.
Jackson-Davis was dominant again, finishing with 25 points, 21 rebounds and six blocked shots. He became the program’s all-time blocked shots leader after tying Jeff Newton in the Michigan State game.
Stat that stands out
Indiana finished the game on a 7-0 run and did not allow Minnesota a run in the final 3:20 of the contest.
Final Individual UI Stats
Final statistics without tempo
Assembly Call Post-Game Show
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