On Monday night, Indiana used a big second half run to defeat Iowa by a score of 77-64. The win was Archie Miller’s first Big Ten conference win. With the win, the Hoosiers move to 1-1 in conference play and 5-4 on the season.
Indiana head coach Archie Miller was pleased with the way his team bounced back from their loss to Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
“Two Big Ten games in three days, as everybody had to do, is an adjustment,” said Miller. “I thought our team did a great job of bouncing back tonight. We had a number of different guys step up and make a lot of winning plays.”
After the win, the Hoosiers seemed a lot more loose. According to Collin Hartman, winning cures everything.
“Everything is better when you win,” said Hartman. “But I also think we are coming together as a team.”
On Monday night, the Hoosiers were led by their front court duo of Juwan Morgan and De’Ron Davis.
Coming into the contest Juwan Morgan was playing very well, and he was able to continue the strong play on Monday night. Morgan recorded a double-double and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior forward Collin Hartman said he has noticed a new found confidence in Morgan over the last couple of weeks.
“When you play with confidence and you’re relentless, it’s hard to deny. He’s obviously a great athlete to start,” said Hartman. “When you add the hustle and mentality to the athleticism, it’s tough to stop, it really is.”
Morgan also received praise for his leadership from Archie Miller.
“Juwan is a guy that has brought his lunch pail almost every day that he has been here,” said Miller. “I think he’s a guy on our team everyone’s looking at to get the job done every night. If you look at how he’s playing, I think he has become a key figure in terms of our stability.”
De’Ron Davis could have finished with a better stat line on Monday night, but Davis still finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Indiana also received a big contribution from Collin Hartman. The fifth year senior is just now starting to get his legs underneath him, and finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists in 20 minutes of play.
On Monday night, IU got off to a much better start than they did on Saturday at Michigan. The Hoosiers took a 7-6 lead into the first media timeout. Defense was a big reason for the Hoosiers’ improved start as they were forcing the Hawkeyes into some difficult shots.
Despite the improved start, the Hoosiers looked far from crisp for much of the first half. However, Iowa wasn’t playing that well either, so the Hoosiers didn’t have a hole to dig out of.
The Hoosiers appeared to be going nowhere in the first half until Devonte Green gave his team some energy. With 5:54 to play in the first half, the sophomore guard hit a contested shot with the shot clock winding down. The shot would prove to be a big moment as the Hoosiers would go on a 14-0 run over the next two minutes. The run allowed the Hoosiers to extend their lead to 34-20 . Green shined during the run and scored 7 points with 1 assist during that span.
Archie Miller was pleased with the spark Devonte Green gave the team off the bench in the first half.
“Devonte had one of his most consistent games, especially in the first half. I thought he made some really tough plays for us defensively,” said Miller. “I thought he helped us win the game in a big way tonight.”
In the last five seconds of the first half, Josh Newkirk came away with a steal but was unable to convert the layup. However, freshman Al Durham was able to convert the put back just before the buzzer sounded. Durham’s layup gave the Hoosiers a 41-26 lead heading into the halftime break. IU was able to outscore Iowa 21-6 in the final 5:54 of the first half, and Devonte Green was a big reason for that, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the opening 20 minutes.
The Hawkeyes came out of the halftime break hot and used a 16-2 run to cut into the IU lead. In just under four minutes of play, the IU lead evaporated as the Hoosiers only took a 43-42 lead into the first media timeout of the second half.
With 15:13 left to play in the game, a dunk from Tyler Cook cut the Hoosiers lead to one at 45-44. The Hoosiers would buckle down after the dunk from Cook and would go on a 26-6 run. The run lasted well over seven minutes. With 9:02 remaining, senior Collin Hartman buried a three pointer from the right wing. The three pointer by Hartman gave the Hoosiers a 67-50 lead and led to a timeout by Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.
Coming out of the timeout, Juwan Morgan and Zach McRoberts both added a bucket to cap off the run. IU was able to hold Iowa scoreless for nearly seven minutes as the Hawkeyes went from 13:05 to 6:18 without scoring any points.
Indiana will not be back in action until they travel to Louisville on Saturday afternoon. The game is scheduled for a 2:00 tipoff.
“I haven’t seen that much of them yet,” said Miller. “I do know they’re very big and very talented, but going to Louisville will be a different challenge.”