The Scarlet Knights showed out strong in a game that sat tied at 54 apiece midway through the second half. Then Rutgers got sloppy, and nine combined turnovers by Kadeem Jack and Bishop Daniels made the difference.
"There's a lot of positives tonight," coach Eddie Jordan said to reporters after the loss. "We competed against the No. 21 team in the country on their home floor. It's sort of a quick turnaround for us from our last game. We stayed in the game. We competed. We found a third scorer, now can Junior [Etou] be consistent or do it on a nightly basis? ... Losing six in a row, you have to keep the kids upbeat. You have to keep it in a positive mode."
Senior Myles Mack kept Rutgers close with an elite 38 minutes at guard. Mack scored a game-high 24 points with eight assists and three rebounds. He shot four-of-seven from long range.
Eddie Jordan called Mack the best player on the floor in his WCTC post-game radio spot.
“Good players see opportunities and they take advantage of it," Jordan said. "He saw the gaps. He saw the seams. ... when his jumper is going like that, he's a heck of a player to guard because he can drive on you just as fast."
Mack pulled Rutgers back into a four-point deficit with a pair of hustle plays before Daniels lost track of his footing. Daniels and stepped out of bounds for a costly last-minute turnover.
Indiana (16-6, 6-3) closed things out from there, and Rutgers (10-13, 2-8) heads to Illinois on a six-game losing streak.
“I told the team, we played well enough to be in the game but the last four and a half, five and a half you have to play better than well," Jordan said. "That was the message after the game. ... Our guys understand that. We'll get there."