Indiana ended their two conference skid after an overtime victory against Penn State on Wednesday evening. Even with sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis’ 21-point performance, the of the evening was the impressive performance of Archie Miller’s guards.
Senior Al Durham finished the game with 18 points, 4 assists, and a pair of rebounds. He had a career best 4 three point shots.
After the game, Durham talked about the things that clicked for him. “It came with my momentum. Everybody knows I have been struggling a little bit from beyond the arc, but it was good to see. My teammates always kept encouraging me. My coaches kept encouraging me and it just finally went down tonight,” he said.
“We cannot hang our hat on if we lose or win. We have to make sure we are ready for the next game that is coming.”
“Getting to the basket was one of the ones that was working for us tonight but we were making the plays to kick off a three or hit it inside Trayce and Race. So, we were just reading off what they were doing defensively and making plays.”
Junior Rob Phinisee landed the game-winning shot with under 13 seconds to play and wrapped up the evening with 11 points, 3 critical blocks, and 2 rebounds off of the bench.
Phinisee reflected on the game-winning play that fell apart: “Yeah, obviously it was a broken play. I just saw an opening and I feel like I had to make a shot for my team. I just delivered it.”
Despite coming off the bench for a second straight game, Phinisee understands that he could be the most impactful for this Indiana team by being the fresh pair of quick legs that can be subbed in.”
“I mean, I will do whatever it takes. Come off the bench, starting. Really, my teammates really just gave me confidence, and just keep playing aggressive. Just played team ball. So, really I am just going to keep playing aggressive, be accurate in practice and play my role.”
Head coach Archie Miler praised his two most senior guards during the post-game press conference, “Al Durham and Rob Phinisee tonight, both kids played their butts off the us. There is a big difference in our team when our older guys, our guys that have been most experienced are playing with confidence like they did tonight. Al shot the ball in tonight and Rob made big plays including the game winner basically for us.”
In the mix for the evening, sophomore Armaan Franklin added 16 points and 3 rebounds and freshman Trey Galloway registered 10 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Franklin is currently on a 5 game streak scoring 10 points or more.
Also noteworthy, the Hoosiers finished 17 of 21 on the evening for an 80%+ performance behind the free throw line. The guards remained perfect from the stripe, hitting all 9 attempts.
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