After nearly upsetting No. 3-ranked Purdue in the classic rivalry game on Sunday, the Hoosiers fell short again on Tuesday night when facing Ohio State on the road. Great production from Devonte Green off the bench was not enough as the Hoosiers fell to the No. 17-ranked Buckeyes 71-56.
Green poured in 20 points, a new season-high, on 6-10 shooting from the field. The Sophomore was for sure the Hoosiers hustler and workhorse, keeping the score within 15 points against an excellent Ohio State team. It, unfortunately, was going to take a tremendous effort from everyone else which did not happen. Juwan Morgan did add 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Freddie McSwain finished with 9 points and 6 boards.
The first half would start out heavily contested between IU and Ohio State for the first two minutes with each side making their first two shots where the Buckeyes held a 6-5 lead early. After that point, the half did not go in favor of the Hoosiers, with Ohio State leading 33-17 with just around five minutes before the break. After a few buckets, Indiana would cut the deficit down to 12 points with 1:32 left before halftime. They would settle with a 15-point deficit, trailing 38-23 with a chance to come back in the second half.
Indiana’s second half would go better than the first half, making buckets more often and consistently. The shots were definitely falling for the Hoosiers, who doubled their three-point production from the first half, but they were also falling for Ohio State. The only chance for a comeback came with about two minutes left in the game when Indiana only trailed by 8 points. Ohio State was just too good to overcome, as IU tied the second half scoring total 33-33.
The Hoosiers shot 20-55 from the field, 6-19 from three, and 10-18 from the free throw line. Additionally, Indiana added 26 rebounds with 10 on offense and 16 on defense. They dished out 11 assists and racked up 5 steals while only committing 8 turnovers. Their three-point defense was certainly better than the Buckeyes whose production from distance was 5-17.
IU falls to 12-11 this season and 5-6 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers have lost their last three games, but a positive future is not too far out. They will host No. 5-ranked Michigan State their next time out on Saturday at 8:15 PM Eastern. It will be another nationally-televised game with it being broadcasted by ESPN.