This was a game of major runs.
Indiana went on a 19-6 run to end the first half, then Iowa countered with a 17-5 run to start the second half, and finally Indiana regained control and blew the game open with a 29-9 run to build a 77-55 lead before Iowa scored a few buckets to make the final score look more respectable.
Juwan Morgan again led the way for Indiana, notching another double-double and saving his best play for the most crucial moments of the second half. The bench also came up big, as both Collin Hartman and Devonte Green were key members of the lineup during Indiana’s best stretches of play.
Mix in some solid work on both ends from De’Ron Davis, plus 14 combined rebounds from Robert Johnson and Josh Newkirk, and the generosity of Iowa’s 18 turnovers, and the result is a solid and very important win for Indiana.
The Hoosiers now avoid the risk of a five-game losing streak (with Louisville and Notre Dame up next) and avoid a rough 0-2 start in conference play — which is especially important given how the Hoosiers resume Big Ten play (with road games at Wisconsin and Minnesota).
Andy Bottoms and Ryan Phillips broke it all down on the latest edition of The Assembly Call IU Postgame Show.
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