On Tuesday night, Indiana picked up their third conference win by defeating Penn State 74-70.
Penn State had a much higher field goal and three-point field goal percentage than Indiana on Tuesday night, but the Hoosiers were able to make up the difference by doing some other things.
Indiana had a 25-to-1 advantage in bench points because of the strong play of Devonte Green and Collin Hartman. Green and Hartman combined to score 23 of the 25 bench points.
Green had really been struggling to come into the contest, but on Tuesday night he was able to establish some rhythm by letting the game come to him. Before the season Devonte talked about him and the coaches finding a middle ground with some of his flash and aggressive decision making. On Tuesday night Green did just that as he played 21 minutes without recording a turnover.
After missing the Minnesota game, fifth-year senior Collin Hartman was able to provide the Hoosiers with a lift. Things started to get a little rocky for the Hoosiers towards the end of the first half, but Hartman was able to pick up his teammates by converting a big four-point play. The four-point play from Hartman ended a long scoring drought and really seemed to be a turning point as the Hoosiers got back on the right track after that.
Free throws and ball control were also big reasons the Hoosiers were able to overcome their poor shooting.
Juwan Morgan has been playing like an all-conference player this season, and he had another big performance against Penn State. Morgan came out of the gates red hot as he scored eight of the Hoosiers first twelve points. Morgan even knocked two three-pointers during that stretch which opened up things down low for him as the game went on.
With the absence of De’Ron Davis Indiana will need Morgan to continue being a force on the glass, and on Tuesday night the junior forward pulled down 11 rebounds in route to another double-double. Juwan has played very well to this point, and I see nothing that suggests that his strong play won’t continue.
Josh Newkirk had a bounce-back game for Indiana on Tuesday night as the senior guard finished with 16 points and 4 assists. Newkirk did a good job of getting into the paint, and his aggressiveness was a big reason for Indiana’s success at the free throw line on Tuesday night. Another big thing for Newkirk was playing 30 minutes without recording a turnover.
Archie Miller has been preaching to his team all season that it will be easier to win if they just do the little things, and Tuesday night was a prime example of that.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Sunday when they host Northwestern. The win moved the Hoosiers to 10-7 on the season.