The Indiana Hoosiers (10-8, 5-6 B10) welcomed the No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes (13-6, 7-5 B10) into Bloomington and Assembly Hall looking to right the ship on their 2020-2021 season that has been unsteady thus far to say the least.
Once again, head coach Archie Miller went with the usual starting five that the Hoosiers have rolled out this year. Al Durham, Rob Phinisee, Armaan Franklin, Race Thompson, and Trayce Jackson–Davis.
There was not a single point scored for the first minute and 56 seconds when IU senior Al Durham sunk two free throws.
Iowa came into the game clearly upset with their shooting performance in their last contest against Indiana as they came out scorching from long distance. Jordan Bohannon and Joe Wieskamp started out by Knocking down their first five combined long-distance shots.
With 13:43 remaining IU trailed 15-4. They increased the advantage to 17-4 before Indiana could even clear away the cobwebs on the early Sunday start.
The only three-point basket Indiana hit prior to the 3:47 mark was a pregame ritual half court heave from Race Thompson. With just under four minutes remaining in the half, Durham hit an and-one three pointer. IU remarkably finished the half 4-of-9 from three.
As for the National Player of the Year candidate Luka Garza, he picked up two fouls before the 12-minute mark which sidelined him for a majority of the first half. He ended the half with just two points in eight minutes of play.
The final 1:36 of the first half was what IU basketball fans had been waiting to see all year. A massive transition dunk from Jackson-Davis, a three-point shot from 5-star Khristian Lander, and another three from freshman Anthony Leal helped Indiana end the half on a 9-0 run, taking a 33-31 lead at the break.
The second half did not start as well as the second half ended for the Hoosiers. The Hawkeyes got out to a 7-2 run within the first four minutes of play to take a three-point lead. IU was just 1-7 from the floor in those four minutes.
Basketball is a game of runs. It was Indiana’s turn to have theirs.
The big story of the game for IU was the class of 2020. Lander, Leal, Trey Galloway, and Jordan Geronimo were the reason Indiana stayed within striking distance as Iowa led 45-44 with 11:15 remaining in the game.
With 5:45 remaining Trayce Jackson-Davis asserted his dominance down low. A thunderous dunk one play followed up by a spinning and-one layup the next to tie the score at 53.
With just a minute remaining the Cream and Crimson found themselves in yet another close contest up 63-62 after a Race Thompson layup.
With the game tied at 65 Armaan Franklin pulled up at the elbow ad sunk a mid range jump shot to give Indiana a two point lead with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Indiana picked up their tenth win of the season, their second against Iowa, and their second against a top 10 team, winning 67-65 in Bloomington.
Trayce Jackson-Davis led the way for IU with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Race Thompson added 15 points.
Up next for the Hoosiers is a road matchup against the Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday, February 10 at 9 P.M. The Hoosiers will look for revenge after the Wildcats defeated the Hoosiers on December 23, 67-74.