Indiana falls to Wichita State 81-76

The Hoosiers fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Wichita State on Friday afternoon.

Indiana's season is over.

The Hoosiers battled, but they didn't have enough to beat 7-seeded Wichita State on Friday afternoon, losing the Shockers 81-76 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Omaha.

Point guard Fred VanVleet led Wichita State (29-4) with 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting and Ron Baker added 15 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the foul line.

Indiana made back-to-back 3-pointers to cut Wichita State's lead to 72-71 with 2:21 to go, but Baker earned questionable foul calls on each of Wichita State's next two possessions to keep the Hoosiers from taking the lead. They cut it to two points at 76-74 on a Troy Williams layup with 1:04 to go, but gave up an easy layup on the other end out of a timeout.

The Hoosiers led by three points at halftime and by as many as eight points, but Wichita State imposed its will in the second half, and Indiana could never fully recover. VanVleet regularly got to the rim for easy baskets, and Indiana couldn't get anything easy on the other end. The teams were called for a combined 43 fouls, with Indiana being charged with 26 of them. Wichita State was 29-of-34 from the foul line.

Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting. The Hoosiers (20-14) were 3-8 in games where Ferrell scored 20 points or more.

James Blackmon Jr. added 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting and Collin Hartman had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Hartman and Emmitt Holt were in foul trouble all afternoon, and Hanner Mosquera-Perea gave the Hoosiers very little.

Williams had 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he was just 2-of-10 from the field and had a costly turnover late.

We will have plenty more coverage from Terry Hutchens live in Omaha later tonight.



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