The Indiana Hoosiers (8-5, 3-3 B10) looked to even their conference record as they took on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-8, 0-5 B10) who were looking to capture their first Big Ten victory of the young season. Indiana was looking for a big bounce back game after falling to No. 8 Wisconsin in double overtime on January 7.
Head coach Archie Miller kept the same starting five to finish off their road trip as Rob Phinisee, Al Durham, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, and Trey Galloway saw first action for the Cream and Crimson.
Junior guard Rob Phinisee got things going early for the Hoosiers as he poured in a season high 14 points (5-6, 3-3 3PT) with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
As a team Indiana launched into things starting 7-10 from the field while shooting 67% from distance with Durham, Phinisee, Jerome Hunter, and Khristian Lander all able knocking down at least one three-point basket.
With just over two minutes remaining in the first half, Phinisee went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury and had to be helped off of the court but was able to put some pressure on it. He left just one point shy of his career-high with 16 points.
After the injury Nebraska went on a 7-4 scoring run to bring their deficit down to just 12. The largest lead for IU in the first half was 18 points.
The Hoosiers were led at half by Phinisee with 16 points as well as senior Al Durham who tallied 10 points while shooting 2-4 from deep.
Nebraska was led by Teddy Allen who scored 12 first half points and Lat Mayen who was able to knock down three first half three-pointers.
Trayce Jackson-Davis started the game slow and, in fact, did not have a first half field goal. Yet the Hoosiers went into halftime up 46-34 after an infatic, last second, putback dunk by freshman Trey Galloway.
Coming out for the second half Indiana showed no signs of slowing down as Race Thomspon knocked down a three-point shot, but neither did Nebraska.
The Huskers cut Indiana’s lead to single digits just two minutes into the half, 49-41. Phinisee then ended the run with a wide open layup, giving him a new career-high in points with 18.
With 16:44 remaining in the second half, Wooden Award candidate Trayce Jackson-Davis scored his first made basket to give him his fifth point and stretch IU’s lead back to 12 points.
Nebraska then went on a 11-2 run to cut their deficit to six with 12:13 remaining, 60-55. With 9:32 remaining Indiana found themselves down by one after a three point basket from Kobe Webster to extend their run to 14-2.
The final 10 minutes of the contest was a back-and-forth contest as Nebraska and Indiana exchanged baskets and the lead. No team led by more than 3 points until Indiana went up by five after TJD knocked down four straight free throws.
Indiana led 77-72 with 2:51 remaining.
Indiana went on to hold their lead for the rest of the game and picked up their third conference win of the season as they defeated Nebraska in a nail-biter 84-76.
The Hoosiers were led by TJD with his 17th career double-double, Rob Phinisee with a career-high 18, and Al Durham with 17 points.
Indiana travels back to Bloomington to face off with in-state rival Purdue Boilermakers on Thursday Jan. 4 at & P.M. EST on FS.
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