Indiana falls to Northwestern, 54-47

The Hoosiers suffered a bad home loss to Northwestern on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Indiana couldn't get shots to fall all afternoon and ultimately lost to Northwestern, 54-47, on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Even with Indiana's horrific shooting throughout the game -- the Hoosiers shot 25 percent from the field (15-of-60) -- it still had a chance to win the game in the closing minutes.

The Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3 Big Ten) had the game tied at 40-40, Northwestern star Drew Crawford was struggling to score with walk-on Jeff Howard defending him, and the crowd was alive.

But Northwestern guard Tre Demps scored 13 consecutive points for the Wildcats to close the win. Demps victimized Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell, who played the role of hero in Indiana's upset win of No. 3 Wisconsin on Tuesday but struggled all-around on Saturday. Ferrell finished with nine points on 2-of-14 shooting.

The Hoosiers made a late rally, briefly cutting the Northwestern lead to three at 50-47 with 32.8 seconds left, but ultimately ran out of time.

Noah Vonleh led the Hoosiers with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but was just 5-of-15 from the field. Nobody else scored in double figures for Indiana.

With the win, Northwestern improves to 9-10 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten. It is the Wildcats' second road win of the season, and their first since Nov. 20 against the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Indiana started the game 9-of-45 from the field and scored only 19 points in the first half. The Hoosiers had eight points at the 2:59 mark of the first half as they struggled to get anything going.

They scored 11 points during a quick burst to end the first half, sparked by sophomore Austin Etherington, who completed two 3-point plays during the stretch. Etherington had six points and five rebounds in the game.

Crawford led the Wildcats with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

We will have plenty more coverage from Assembly Hall throughout the afternoon and evening. The Hoosiers are back in action on Tuesday night at Michigan State.


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