Indiana loses ugly, 72-65, at Northwestern

The Hoosiers have lost eight of their last 12 games against the Wildcats.

For 20 minutes, Indiana's offense looked quite familiar. The Hoosiers made nine 3-pointers in the first half, and yet, the game was tied.

That was a bad sign for Indiana, and what happened next was even worse.

The Hoosiers went cold in the second half, scored only 25 points, and suffered an ugly 72-65 loss at Northwestern on Wednesday night. It was the fourth consecutive win for Northwestern, its longest Big Ten winning streak since 1967. The Wildcats have beaten Indiana eight of the last 12 times.

It was a beyond bad second half for Indiana (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten), which made only 3-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc after halftime. James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson combined to shoot 4-of-16 from deep. Blackmon had only six points on 1-of-10 shooting in the game, and he made the first shot he attempted.

Indiana shot just 36.5 percent from the field (22-of-63) and made only 7-of-16 free-throw attempts. Indiana missed two front ends of one-and-ones in the second half during a nearly 10-minute period in which it did not score. The Hoosiers desperately tried to make it a game late and momentarily cut it to five inside of a minute, but the hole was too deep to climb out of.

Troy Williams was the lone positive for Indiana. The sophomore forward had 21 points and 14 rebounds on 9-of-16 shooting. The rest of the team had 44 points and 20 rebounds on 14-of-47 shooting.

Nick Zeisloft added 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, but he didn't score in the second half. Zeisloft was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the first half. Yogi Ferrell had 11 points and five assists on 4-of-9 shooting, and Johnson had 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Northwestern was led by Tre Demps' 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He got especially hot during a second half run that put Indiana away. Alex Olah added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The loss moves IU closer to the bubble with two home games remaining in the regular season. The Hoosiers play Michigan State and Iowa to close the year.

We will have more coverage from tonight's game later. Stay tuned.


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