Northwestern’s balanced attack is too much for Indiana

Chase Audige scored 17 points, while Miller Kopp and Ryan Young added 13 each

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Northwestern forward Robbie Beran (31) and forward Miller Kopp (10) react with their teammates after defeating Indiana in an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Northwestern won 74-67.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — 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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