Well traveled Hoosiers run out of gas in Portland, fall 82-53 to Saint Mary’s
(WAVE) - #5 seed Saint Mary’s used a 12-2 run late in the first half to build a 12 point halftime lead and then outscored Indiana 42-25 in the second half as the Gaels knocked Indiana out of the NCAA Tournament with an 82-53 defeat on Thursday night in Portland, Oregon.
“Just means we got to go back and get busy this summer and get better, but it was a great run for our ball club this season getting back into the Big Dance and now we got to build on it for the future,” IU head coach Mike Woodson said. “That what it’s about at this point.”
Indiana shot just 34% from the field and 2-for-10 from three. Saint Mary’s shot 52% and 10-for-21.
“Towards the middle of the game they started hitting shots, we weren’t up on ball screens, I don’t think it had anything to do with legs,” IU forward Trayce Jackson-Davis said. “I mean, obviously when you start playing a lot of minutes, you get tired regardless, but I just think that overall they were a sharper team than us today. They hit their shots, they ran their offense and they were an overall better team.”
Jackson-Davis led IU with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Xavier Johnson added 11 points and 5 assists.
Logan Johnson had a game-high 20 points for Saint Mary’s.
Indiana finishes the season 21-14. Saint Mary’s advances to a second round game on Saturday in Portland. The Gaels are 26-7.
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