BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Hangover game? No chance.
On Tuesday, the Hoosiers (17-7, 8-5 B1G) snapped a six-game losing streak to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (16-8, 8-5 B1G), knocking off the visitors, 66-60. Trayce Jackson-Davis scored his 2,000th career point in the contest, becoming the sixth Hoosier ever to reach that number.
He once again led Indiana in a variety of categories, pacing the Hoosiers in points (20), rebounds (18), and assists (6). Miller Kopp had a big game in the win as well, with 18 points (4-of-6 threes) and solid defense, which included two steals and a block.
Indiana got off to a strong start, feeding off a lively Assembly Hall audience. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 30-16 advantage with 7:54 to go in the first half, and many players contributed to the cause during that stretch. In addition to Jackson-Davis and Kopp, Tamar Bates had six points of his own, Jalen Hood-Schifino scored five, including an acrobatic layup, and Malik Reneau and Trey Galloway contributed baskets.
Rutgers’ best run came just before halftime. Without Mawot Mag, who was diagnosed with a torn ACL suffered in Saturday’s game vs. Michigan State, Oskar Palmquist, Cam Spencer, and Aundre Hyatt all stepped up. Palmquist, specifically, produced his second-highest career scoring output with nine, coming on three three-point shots. Spencer and Hyatt closed the half strong. IU led 38-35.
Spencer tied the game at 38 with another long-ball, before Indiana accelerated ahead once again. IU’s players of the game, Jackson-Davis and Kopp, played a critical role, scoring nine of 11 IU points to give the Hoosiers a nine-point advantage. IU fans at Assembly Hall, as well as everyone watching at home, were eagerly tracking Jackson-Davis’ march to 2,000 career points. After that IU run, he was just two points away.
The historic basket came with 11:09 to go, as Jackson-Davis followed up his own miss with a powerful put-back jam. During the ensuing timeout, Indiana fans rose to applaud Jackson-Davis for his accomplishment. Jackson-Davis became the only Hoosier men’s player ever with 2,000 points and 1,000 career rebounds. He also passed former Hoosier Yogi Ferrell for sixth place on IU’s all-time scoring list tonight.
Unsurprisingly, Rutgers was relentless in their desire to come away with a Quad-I road win. Indiana attempted to land numerous knockout shots, but the Scarlet Knights wouldn’t quit. Freshman Derek Simpson soared in for an uncontested layup with 5:36 left to cut IU’s lead to a measly three points.
At the same time, the Hoosiers were mired in an eight-plus minute field goal drought, which Jackson-Davis finally ended after finishing a Race Thompson airball with 2:28 left. Neither team scored for the next 1:38, but when Trey Galloway converted a second-chance basket and drew a foul, Assembly Hall erupted knowing their team created some breathing room.
Rutgers would not threaten Indiana over the final 48 seconds of the game. The Hoosiers clinched the victory, and the home fans were treated to a second massive win in a four-day span.
IU hits the road for a stretch of four road games in five starting Saturday night at Michigan at 6:00 PM ET on ESPN. Indiana and Michigan have not faced each other this season. The Wolverines are fighting for their NCAA Tournament lives. They are currently not in ESPN’s most recent Bracketology update. IU’s last game against Michigan was a memorable 74-69 Hoosier win in the 2022 Big Ten Tourney.
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