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Late spurt helps No. 22 Hoosiers fend off Rutgers 72-64

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — James Blackmon Jr. scored 20 points Saturday and Nick Zeisloft made two 3-pointers in a late 8-0 run to send No. 22 Indiana past Rutgers 72-64.

The victory ended the Hoosiers’ first two-game losing streak of the season, and kept Indiana (16-6, 6-3) second in the Big Ten.

Myles Mack scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and Junior Etou added 13 for the Scarlet Knights (10-13, 2-8). Rutgers has lost six straight.

Rutgers took an early lead, kept it for most of the first 16 minutes and charged back early in the second half with Mack’s 3-point flurry. The Scarlet Knights extended the lead to 49-43 with 12:34 left.

Indiana tied the score at 52 and took the lead for good on the first 3 from Zeisloft, which made it 59-57 with 6:35 to go.

It was a tough day for the Big Ten’s highest-scoring team.

The Hoosiers started just 5 of 20 from the field and struggled to shrug off pesky Rutgers.

Indiana used a 10-1 run to take a 32-26 lead, but the Scarlet Knights then made the final two baskets of the half.

Mack opened the second half with three straight 3s. Etou followed that with another 3.

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Troy Williams each scored 14 points for the Hoosiers.

TIP-INS

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights came into the game with the lowest scoring average in the Big Ten. But they sure didn’t play that way, making 10 of their first 19 shots and going 7 of 17 on 3s.

Indiana: Coach Tom Crean shook up his lineup. The result? The Hoosiers had a 26-0 scoring advantage off the bench.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: At Illinois on Tuesday.

Indians: At No. 5 Wisconsin on Tuesday.

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