The Indiana Hoosiers (11-8, 6-6 B10) traveled to Evanston, Illinois to face off with the Northwestern Wildcats (6-11, 3-10 B10) as they looked to keep the momentum going coming off a huge conference win against Iowa.
It was once again the same starting five for Archie Miller and the Indiana Hoosiers as Al Durham, Race Thompson, Rob Phinisee, Trayce Jackson–Davis, Armaan Franklin began the game for the Cream and Crimson.
In the Archie Miller tenure, the Indiana Hoosiers had recorded a 2-9 record in their games following a top-25 win, 0-5 last season and 0-1 this season, and were looking to add to the win column against the Wildcats.
At the 15:30 mark in the first half Northwestern led while only scoring one basket, 3-0.
Indiana got off to their worst start of the year as they started the game 1-11 from the field, or 9%, ad their first basket came from a three-point Al Durham jumper at the 14:25 mark. It took IU nearly 6 minutes to score their firs basket.
At the under seven-minute media timeout, IU was trailing 21-10. Indiana was a lousy 4-19 from the field, 2-7 from long distance, and 0-5 from the charity stripe. Durham had both threes for the Hoosiers.
The Cream and Crimson found some momentum and went on a 11-0 run fueled by two three-point baskets by sophomore guard Armaan Franklin. Indiana trailed 21-18 with three minutes remaining in the half.
Despite shooting just 24% (7-29) from the field and 25% (2-8) from the foul line, the Hoosiers found themselves trailing by only 3 points heading into the locker room by a score of 23-20.
The second half opened up with the same starting five but different offensive results. Armaan Franklin got thigs started while Race Thompson was also able to score his first basket of the game.
At the first media timeout of the second half Indiana trailed, just like they had for the entirety of the game until that moment, 28-26.
From the jump ball Indiana had troubles with making shots and turning the ball over. In the second half they fixed their shooting, but the turnovers continued to plague them.
In both wins against Iowa Indiana was able to keep their turnovers under ten. With nearly 12 minutes remaining IU had already reached that mark and found themselves down four with 11:41 remaining.
It was back-and-forth for a majority of the second half, but Indiana was unable to acquire the lead. For every big shot IU hit, the Wildcats had an answer.
With 3:46 remaining in the game Indiana was trailing by a score of 50-45
Indiana was able to tie the game up with behind senior Al Durham who made three free throws and knocked down a game tying, right handed floater with 23 seconds left.
Northwestern had the opportunity to win the game but was unable to take advantage of the opportunity. For the second time in three games an IU game went into overtime.
Overtime looked different for IU this time around as they were able to put points on the board. Opposed to only scoring three points against Illinois.
The challenge this time for Indiana was on the defensive side of the ball.
Chase Audige once again became the catalyst for Northwestern against IU. He scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats.
With 11 seconds left, down two, IU had the chance to tie or take the lead, Al Durham hit a game-tying shot with 1.6 seconds left to force doubt OT.
Indiana took a 70-68 lead with 3:15 left off a TJD left handed hook shot only for the game to be tied by a Northwestern basket.
From that point forward Indiana never trailed.
Indiana, somehow, walked away from this game with a win by a score of 79-76
Indiana was led by Armaan Franklin who tied his career high of 23 points, and Al Durham who had his career high with 24 points.
In a game where IU started 0-6 from the foul line they ended up finishing 27-38 (71.1%)
IU moves to 11-8 and 6-6 in conference play. Indiana continues their road trip with a matchup against the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio on February 13 at noon on ESPN. The Hoosiers have a chance to make some serious noise within the Big Ten if they can leave Columbus with a victory and their third top ten victory of the season.
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