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Indiana’s defense clamps down on No. 18 Wisconsin

Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) dunks during the first half of the Indiana versus Wisconsin men's basketball game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

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Jalen Hood-Schifino scored 16 points, Trayce Jackson-Davis collected a double-double and Indiana used an 18-2 run to start the second half to topple No. 18 Wisconsin 63-45 Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

Jackson-Davis finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Hoosiers (11-6, 2-4 Big Ten).

Jordan Geronimo added his own double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak in which it allowed an average of 86.7 points per game.

Connor Essegian came off the bench to score 14 points for the Badgers (11-5, 3-3), who dropped their third straight game. Leading scorer Tyler Wahl (ankle) has missed all three games. None of Wisconsin’s starters scored in double figures.

The big spurt came to open the second half. The Hoosiers rattled off 12 straight points to start the game-breaking run, 10 of them in the paint. After Chucky Hepburn drove for a layup for Wisconsin, Indiana scored the next six points for a 39-22 lead at the 13:22 mark.

Badgers coach Greg Gard called two timeouts to try to quell the Hoosiers’ momentum, but the visitors never got the margin closer than 10. Wisconsin canned only 32.1 percent of its field-goal attempts, including 5 of 24 from the 3-point line, and was outrebounded 42-32.

Indiana coach Mike Woodson criticized his team’s defense after Wednesday night’s 85-66 loss at Penn State. It was a much different story from the jump as the score was 4-2 and 8-7 Hoosiers at the first two TV timeouts.

Indiana took a 21-20 lead into halftime after Essegian canned two foul shots with 17 seconds remaining.

The Hoosiers made only 10 of 33 shots, but squeezed off nine more shots from the field because they committed only three turnovers and forced six.

It was a different story in the second half as Indiana converted 19 of 29 shots from the field, pounding the ball inside consistently. The Hoosiers earned a 42-22 advantage in points in the paint.

–Field Level Media