Indiana falls to Notre Dame, 79-72

The Hoosiers could never quite get over the hump on Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They never led.

Indiana had its chances, but struggled in the biggest moments Saturday afternoon and dropped a 79-72 decision to Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana made runs at the Irish the entire second half, but the Hoosiers never led in the game. They once tied it, but Notre Dame countered with a little run of its own to stay in front.

Trailing 71-66 late, Yogi Ferrell buried a 3-pointer to cut the Notre Dame lead to two. After the Hoosiers (8-3) got a stop on the other end, their chance to tie again came up short as Ferrell drove and turned the ball over.

Notre Dame (8-3) ran a good set play on the other end, resulting in a layup for Eric Atkins. Will Sheehey missed a 3-pointer for Indiana, and the Hoosiers never again had a good opportunity.

Sheehey kept Indiana in it with one of the best games of his four-year career. Sheehey tied a career-high with 22 points and made a living in the midrange against the Notre Dame 2-3 zone. Sheehey also had five rebounds.

Sheehey struggled down the stretch, though, against the tough defense of Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant.

Senior guard Evan Gordon added 11 points for the Hoosiers, including three 3-pointers, but he was just 3-of-9 from the field overall.

Ferrell finished with 16 points, with a late 3 coming after the game was already decided.

Freshman Stanford Robinson played heavy second-half minutes for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers, and scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting. He was also tasked with guarding Grant with Sheehey in foul trouble, and held his own against the elite guard. Grant had 23 points and seven assists, but was just 5-of-14 from the field.

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