EVANSTON, Ill. --- They had to wait a few extra days to do it, but the Hoosiers ended their three-game losing streak with a much-needed 61-56 win at Northwestern on Saturday night.
Indiana hadn't played since last Saturday after a falling piece of metal at Assembly Hall forced IU to postpone Wednesday night's game against Iowa. The Hoosiers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) hadn't won since Feb. 2 at home against Michigan. They lost to Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue since.
Northwestern cut the Indiana lead to 54-50 briefly, but Troy Williams answered with a reverse layup to keep the Wildcats at bay. Will Sheehey also buried a huge 3-pointer to push the IU lead to eight with just under a minute to play. Sheehey and Williams each finished with 12 points.
Indiana did its damage on Saturday night by attacking the rim regularly and rarely settling for outside shots. When the Hoosiers did take those shots from the perimeter, it was usually Yogi Ferrell at the end of the shot clock, and he was pretty successful. The Hoosiers also finished with a season-low seven turnovers.
Ferrell finished with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 2-of-6 from beyond the arc. Williams also had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including three dunks during a stretch toward the end of the first half. Williams' only misses came from beyond the arc, where he is now 3-of-25 (12 percent) on the season.
Noah Vonleh also had 12 points and eight rebounds, meaning fur Hoosiers finished with 12.
The Hoosiers also played well on the defensive end, especially in the second half. They held Northwestern to two points over the first eight-plus minutes of the second half and managed to build a bit of a lead during that span.
The Wildcats shot just 39 percent from the field and had 10 turnovers. The Hoosiers shot 47 percent from the field. They did miss seven free throws, though.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Tuesday night at Wisconsin at 9 p.m. Continue to check back to the site throughout the night for plenty more coverage from Evanston.