Indiana rallied late to force overtime, but ultimately lost to Georgetown 91-87 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Here are a few things we learned from IU's final non-conference game of the season.
1. FERRELL IS CLUTCH: Indiana has trailed in the second halves of each of its last two key games, and both times, Yogi Ferrell rescued the Hoosiers. Against Butler on Dec. 20, Ferrell scored 20 second-half points to lead IU to a win. On Saturday against Georgetown, he was heroic once again.
Ferrell hit two 3-pointers in the final 39 seconds to force the game into overtime, including a cold-blooded long ball with 12 seconds to go to tie the game. Indiana ultimately lost the game, but Ferrell showed once again that he is capable of taking over a game when the Hoosiers need him to do so. He finished with 27 points and five 3-pointers.
2. TURNOVER BUG BITES AGAIN: We spent much of the 2013-14 season talking about Indiana's turnover issues, and they reared their ugly heads again on Saturday. The Hoosiers made 13 3-pointers and outrebounded the bigger Hoyas, but lost the game because they turned it over 17 times.
During a key stretch in the second half when Georgetown made a run, Troy Williams had two costly turnovers, and when IU got close again in overtime, Ferrell had a crucial turnover on what should have resulted in a layup.
The Hoosiers (10-3) have been much better with turnovers this season, but they've haunted IU in losses.
3. TROY GIVETH, TROY TAKETH AWAY: I had several people tweet this phrase at me during the second half on Saturday, and it couldn't describe Troy Williams' game any better. For most of the afternoon, Williams was nothing short of tremendous again. He had a career-high 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, and he absolutely took over the game during a stretch in the second half.
But just as quickly, Williams had a sequence of possessions that really hurt the Hoosiers.
With IU leading 69-66, Williams fouled a 3-point shooter late in the shot clock on an attempt that had little chance of going in. On IU's next offensive possession, Williams dribbled into traffic and turned it over. Two possessions later, he turned it over again.
All of a sudden, Georgetown went on an 8-0 run and the Hoosiers needed Ferrell's heroics just to survive regulation.
Williams has been great ever since his poor performance against Louisville, and that continued on Saturday. But the sophomore must continue to clean up the mental mistakes.
4. MOSQUERA-PEREA TAKES STEP BACK: Hanner Mosquera-Perea had really taken some positive steps forward in recent games, but he regressed against the Hoyas.
Mosquera-Perea finished with only two points, and they came on a tip-in with four seconds left in OT. Seriously. He had six rebounds, but many of them came late. And he was absolutely dominated by Georgetown big man Joshua Smith in the post.
Mosquera-Perea missed a key front end of a 1-and-1 in overtime, and he failed to finish around the basket when his teammates set him up. He just didn't look ready for the big moments.
5. INDIANA IS GETTING BETTER: The Big Ten season looms now, and Indiana heads into the conference schedule a better team than it was a month ago. The Hoosiers are spacing the floor so much better than they did in November, and they've learned how to compete on the boards with teams that are bigger than they are.
To be an NCAA Tournament team, the Hoosiers must cut down on the turnovers, and they must get better on the defensive end. They've been good in short stretches defensively, but they haven't been able to string stops together consistently.