At the Buzzer: Indiana 81, Xavier 79 – Inside the Hall

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Quick thoughts on an 81-79 win at Xavier:

How it happened

Indiana was on the heels early on at the Cintas Center. The Musketeers, clearly ready for their first big game of the season, fired offensively. Xavier led in the first half with no less than nine men thanks to a great shooting performance. The Musketeers scored 1.12 points per possession in the first 20 minutes, shooting 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. However, the Hoosiers fought back when Xavier threw his offensive hit. Trayce Jackson-Davis was unstoppable in the first half, scoring 17 points in 17 minutes. Despite a poor first half defensive, Indiana went into the locker room trailing by just two at 40–38.

The Hoosiers were sharp to start the second half, building an eight-point lead at 54-46 by 2:29. But Malik Reneau was called for a technical foul after scoring a bucket and Xavier hit both free throws and scored a 3-pointer to make it a 3-point game by 1:49 PM. Xavier tied on 57 on a layup by Jack Nunge, then again on 60 on a 3-pointer by Adam Kunkel with 9:47 remaining. The Musketeers regained the lead on a jump shot from Zach Freemantle with 7:50 left to play. After a Freemantle dunk with 6:35 left, Indiana went on a 6-0 run to take a 71-66 lead, forcing Xavier to time out. The run was fueled by Xavier Johnson, who hit two free throws and then had a steal and a layup. Indiana led 73-66 going into the final media timeout. Miller Kopp, who struggled most of the game, hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 78–70 lead with 2:25 left to play.

However, the musketeers were not done yet. Xavier scored the next five points to make it 78-75 with 1:51 remaining. Kopp hit two free throws to make it 80-75 with 1:50 left to play. On the ensuing possession, Johnson fouled Souley Boum, who made one of two free throws to make it 80–76 with 1:44 left. Jalen Hood-Schifino missed a jump shot with 1:16 to play and Xavier called a timeout with 1:10 to play. Outside the timeout, Boum knocked down a three-pointer with 56.5 seconds left. Indiana turned it around with just over 34 seconds to play, but the Hoosiers regained possession with 24 seconds left. Xavier fouled Reneau with 12.9 seconds left. He missed both free throws. Kunkel missed a layup with just over four seconds left and Johnson grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Johnson made one of two free throws and IU escaped with an 81-79 victory.

Outstanding artists

It was a dominant performance from Jackson-Davis, who scored a game-high 30 points in 37 minutes on 13-of-16 shooting. The preseason All-American also had three blocked shots. Johnson added 23 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

Statistics that stand out

Indiana defeated Xavier 15-9 in points on turnover and 50-40 in paint.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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