The Indiana Hoosiers were unable to walk away victorious and widen the gap between the Big Ten and the ACC in the conference challenge losing 69-67 in overtime to No. 20 Florida State Seminoles Tuesday night in Tallahassee.
“That locker room was vastly different than a lot of locker rooms I’ve been in here,” head coach Archie Miller said. “That was a very very upset team, an upset group, because you’re pouring your heart out.”
Sophomore standout Trayce Jackson-Davis noted the emotion in the locker room following the overtime loss.
“I’m not going to lie when I got in the locker room I was angry, I was really mad. I kind of got into some guys,” Davis said. “But at the end of the day it’s all love.”
Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year Scottie Lewis hit a game-winning floater with 1.8 seconds remaining in overtime to knock off the Hoosiers.
“I’ll put the coast-to-coast layup at the end of the game on me,” Miller said. “We got to be better in special situations. We can’t let a guy get a full head of steam and go coast-to-coast and that’s on me.”
Even though IU gave up a last second shot, there were positive displays shown on the defensive side of the ball throughout the entirety of the game. Rebounding remains the number one concern for Miller and his staff.
“It comes down to rebounding the ball a lot of times,” Miller said. “Our inability to get some scrappy ones, our inability to get some big ones, especially late, is disappointing.
Despite a staggering stat line from Trayce Jackson-Davis, who finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks, the Hoosiers were unable to find the answers it needed down the stretch.
“He was a warrior for us,” Miller said. “Clearly he is showing right now that he is one of the best players in college basketball. He’s just got to keep growing and keep being a positive leader, which he is.”
Almost immediately following the game, Jackson-Davis took to twitter to assure IU fans that the best is yet to come for IU, proving he is one of the leaders for IU.
Other standouts for IU were sophomore guard Armaan Franklin and redshirt sophomore Jerome Hunter.
Franklin showed his ability to rebound the ball and attack the rim as he finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Hunter came into the game and proved that he can be a valuable asset to Indiana with his long-range shooting as he knocked in a pair from deep
Looking at a 3-2 record through the team’s first five games which include the Maui Invitational and the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the Hoosiers will look to take the time in between their next game to get healthy and prepare. Indiana will return to Bloomington to face off with an unbeaten North Alabama squad on Dec. 13 at noon EST on Big Ten Plus network.
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