At The Buzzer: Indiana 81, Xavier 79 – Inside the Hall

Quick thoughts on an 81-79 win at Xavier:

How it happened

Indiana was on the heels early at the Cintas Center. The Musketeers, clearly strengthened for their first tent match of the season, came out offensively. Xavier led by as many as nine in the first half thanks to a hot shooting performance. The Musketeers scored 1.12 points per possession in the first 20 minutes, shooting 50 percent from outside the 3-point arc. However, the Hoosiers fought back as soon as Xavier threw his offensive punch. Trayce Jackson-Davis was unstoppable in the opening half, going for 17 points in 17 minutes. Despite a poor first half defensive, Indiana went into the locker room with only two at 40-38.

The Hoosiers were crisp to start the second half, building an eight-point lead at 54-46 by the 2:29 mark. But Malik Reneau was called for a technical foul after scoring a bucket and Xavier hit both free throws and scored a 3-pointer to make it a 3-point game by 1:49 PM. Xavier tied it at 57 on a layout by Jack Nunge, then again at 60 on a 3-pointer by Adam Kunkel with 9:47 left. The Musketeers regained the lead on a Zach Freemantle Jump Shot with 7:50 to play. After a freemantle dunk with 6:35 left, Indiana went on a 6-0 run to take a 71-66 lead, forcing Xavier to time out. The run was fueled by Xavier Johnson, who hit two free throws and then had a steal and a layup. Indiana led 73-66 going into the final media timeout. Miller Kopp, who struggled most of the game, hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 78–70 lead with 2:25 left to play.

However, the musketeers were not done yet. Xavier scored the next five points to make it 78-75 with 1:51 remaining. Kopp hit two free throws to make it 80-75 with 1:50 left to play. On the ensuing possession, Johnson fouled Souley Boum, who made one of two free throws to make it 80–76 with 1:44 left. Jalen Hood-Schifino missed a jump shot with 1:16 to play and Xavier called a timeout with 1:10 to play. Outside the timeout, Boum knocked down a three-pointer with 56.5 seconds left. Indiana turned it around with just over 34 seconds to play, but the Hoosiers regained possession with 24 seconds left. Xavier fouled Reneau with 12.9 seconds left. He missed both free throws. Kunkel missed a layup with just over four seconds left and Johnson grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Johnson made one of two free throws and IU escaped with an 81-79 win.

Outstanding artists

It was a dominant performance from Jackson-Davis, who scored a game-high 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting in 37 minutes. The preseason All-American also had three blocked shots. Johnson added 23 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

Statistics that stand out

Indiana defeated Xavier 15-9 in points of turnover and 50-40 in paint.

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