Audige scores 17 to help Northwestern beat Indiana 74-67

December 23, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Chase Audige scored all of his 17 points in the second half to lead four Northwestern players in double figures and the Wildcats beat Indiana 74-67 on Wednesday night.

Miller Kopp and Ryan Young had 13 points apiece and Boo Buie added 11 for Northwestern (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten). The Wildcats, who won three conference games last season, won their first two Big Ten games for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

The Wildcats were coming off a 79-64 win over then-No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday, Northwestern's first win over a top-five team since beating Magic Johnson and fourth-ranked Michigan State on January 27, 1979.

Armaan Franklin's 3-pointer about nine minutes into the second half gave Indiana its first lead since it was 7-6 and Race Thompson made to free throws to give the Hoosiers a 56-52 lead with 8:56 to play. Audige answered with back-to-back baskets before Kopp and Buie sandwiched 3-pointers around a short jumper by Audige in a 12-0 run that made it 62-54 with 5:32 left and gave Northwestern the lead for good.

Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds for Indiana (5-3, 0-1). Franklin added 16 points and Thomson scored 11.

Five Northwestern players scored during a tiebreaking 17-3 run, capped when Pete Nance made back-to-back layups to make it 29-15 with 7:23 left in the first half. The Hoosiers used an 18-4 run — including nine points by Jackson-Davis — that spanned halftime and trimmed what had been as much as a 15-point deficit to just one, at 37-36.

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