Unlike their previous game against Minnesota, the ‘Cats got out to an early lead. This was spurred by good shot selection in the first half as the team show 44 percent from the field. At halftime, NU led Indiana by six, 38-32.
With about half a period left to play, the Hoosiers went on a run and cut what was a 17-point lead to less than ten. Indiana later cut the lead to three with as little as 1:13 to play. But in the final minute, NU went 5-7 from the line to secure the victory.
The key to the game for the Wildcats was ball control, an area that has cause them some trouble in previous losses. Northwestern's had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.33 with 12 turnovers while Indiana had an assist-to-turnover ratio of .40 and coughed the ball up a total of 20 times. This gave Northwestern more scoring opportunities and the edge.
With a win in the Big Ten under their belts, NU travels to Columbus on Thursday to take on No. 8 Ohio State who dropped their first game of the season to Michigan on Saturday. That game will be held at 6 p.m. CT.