The Indiana Hoosiers snapped their losing streak, with a road win on Monday night in Piscataway, defeating Rutgers 65-43.
Juwan Morgan found himself with another great game, finishing with a team-high 24 points on 10-14 shooting from the field along with 8 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks. Robert Johnson would add 19 points on 7-13 shooting, while Devonte Green chipped in 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists to help the Hoosiers win.
As far as first halves go, IU had a peculiar one but in a good way. The Hoosiers would start out the first half on a 17-3 run over the first eight minutes. That stretch later turned into a 22-6 scoring run with over 9 minutes still to go in the first half. Then, Indiana would score just 3 more points while Rutgers had 10 over the final 9:05. IU would end up with a 26-16 halftime lead which would be a new season-low first half point total for an opponent.
In the second half, Indiana would build on their lead with a better twenty minutes offensively. Juwan Morgan’s layup on the Hoosiers first possession would start an 8-2 scoring run which positioned IU well with a 16-point lead. That would be the start of a second half where Indiana used several different scoring stretches to outscore the Scarlet Knights 39-27 in the second half.
Despite a lack of offensive firepower for the final ten minutes of the first half, Indiana shot the ball extremely well by NCAA winning-team standards. IU shot 24-55 (43.6%) from the field and 9-20 (45.0%) from three. In addition, the Hoosiers won the “Battle for Boards” with 42 total rebounds compared to Rutgers 39. IU was also the better team in terms of ball movement and defensive playmaking. Indiana would dish out 14 assists, rack up 5 steals, and block 7 shots.
After falling to .500 with a loss to Michigan State, IU is back to a winning record of 13-12 overall. However, they are 6-7 in the conference with 4 of the 7 losses coming in the past two weeks.
Indiana will host Minnesota their next time out this Friday at 7:30 PM Eastern on Fox Sports One.