BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Devonte Green scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half and Trayce Jackson-Davis added 17 on Thursday, helping the Indiana Hoosiers close out an 89-77 victory over No. 21 Iowa.
The Hoosiers (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten) snapped a four-game losing streak overall and a two-game skid in the series.
Luka Garza scored 38 points, falling two short of tying the Assembly Hall single-game scoring record by an opponent. Joe Wieskamp added 16 for Iowa (17-8, 8-6), which have lost three of five following a five-game winning streak.
Indiana wasted no time asserting itself after starting the day averaging a league-low 5.3 3-pointers.
Green, who finished with a season-high seven 3s, made sure of it.
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The senior guard entered early in the first half and needed only four minutes to make four 3s. He added three free throws after drawing a foul on his next 3. The last two in the flurry started a 12-0 run that gave Indiana a 31-16 lead and forced Iowa to futilely play catch-up the rest of the night.
Al Durham’s 3 to close out the first half made it 49-34, and the Hoosiers scored the first five points of the second half to take a 19-point lead.
Iowa never got closer than 10 in the second half as the Indiana finished with a season-high 11 3s.
Iowa: Defense has been the Hawkeyes’ biggest flaw all season, and it bit them hard again Thursday night. But Iowa had plenty of other woes in this one – committing 19 turnovers, making only 4 of 14 from 3-point range and not giving Garza much help. The good news is they’ve finished completed their trips to Indiana and Purdue, both losses. The bad news: They’ll return to the Hoosier State next month for the Big Ten Tournament.
Indiana: Scoring has been a struggle lately for the Hoosiers, but on Thursday, they found a solution by playing at a faster pace, moving the ball quickly and taking advantage of their athleticism. The next challenge is demonstrating they can keep playing this way, building confidence and stacking wins.
Iowa: In two trips to the state of Indiana, the Hawkeyes allowed 110 total points in the first halves. … Guard CJ Fredrick left the game with 5:24 to go in the first half when he appeared to hurt his right leg. He was taken straight to the locker room without putting any weight on the leg. … Garza had 21 of the Hawkeyes 34 points in the first half; nobody else had more than six. … Bakari Evelyn finished with nine points. … Iowa has lost three straight road games.
Indiana: Green made five 3s and had 18 points in the first half. … Jackson-Davis had nine rebounds. … Rob Phinisee wound up with 12 points, five assists and three steals while Race Thompson added 10 points and four steals. … The 49 first-half points were the most scored by Indiana in any half since a 52-point first half against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 25. … The Hoosiers had a 39-28 rebounding advantage. … Indiana improved to 12-4 at home this season.
Iowa: Makes its next stop at Minnesota on Saturday.
Indiana: Begins two-game road trip at Michigan on Sunday.