Indiana (11-8, 6-6 B10) have put together back-to-back wins for first time since early January as they beat Northwestern (6-11, 3-10 B10) Wednesday afternoon and played well into the evening in a 2OT thriller. Indiana has won three of their last five games and split the season series against the Wildcats who have not won since 2020.
Archie Miller was proud of his team’s rise to adversity late in the game and how they responded against Northwestern.
“We gave up a couple of runs late, but we found a way to get back in it and putting them into both overtimes, you could kind of see the confidence in our guys continue to grow that we were going to figure something out and find a way to do it.”
“I told them after the game that out of all the games this season, this one puts a smile more on my face than the other ones just because of what we had to go through to figure out how to do it. You don’t win today if you are not together, you’re not gritty, you’re not tough minded…We just found a way on a day that we really should not have won.”
Jerome received significant play time as he made it back on the court for the first time in three games after being held out by Archie Miller. He was key in the Hoosiers’ win with 7 points and 5 rebounds.
“Jerome is a good shooter and had a tough go as of lately, but he made a big basket, he made two big free throws and he stepped up and banged a three point shot and he was ready to play today as he had a good attitude.”
Despite missing 11 FTs, Indiana found a way to win with hitting clutch shots from the charity stripe and beyond in overtime. Archie acknowledged this issue, but noted “the way we started from the foul line and how we finished were drastically different.”
The players were excited to put together back-to-back wins as well. Al Durham stated, “we felt this win was very important to us because we haven’t been able to get two together. This win, we needed it.”
Despite being down early, Indiana held strong and persevered when it mattered most. “We really locked in as the game went on. Early on we had some misreads and as the game went on we made some stops and better reads.”
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