Jackson-Davis scores 30 points, No. 12 Indiana beats Xavier 81-79 | AM 870 The ANSWER

CINCINNATI (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis had 30 points, Xavier Johnson had 23 and No. 12 Indiana endured a late rally to beat Xavier 81-79 on Friday night.

The Hoosiers (3-0) led 78-70 with 2:25 to go, but Xavier rallied within a point in the final minute. Adam Kunkel missed a potential go-ahead layup with 2 seconds left.

“I was worried about getting in,” said Hoosiers coach Mike Woodson. “(Xavier) is good. They are big, strong, they can shoot. We’ve had winning games on the track.

Zach Freemantle and Souley Boum each scored 15 points to lead Xavier. Jack Nunge added 14 points and Kunkel had 13.

“Before Thanksgiving, there aren’t many college basketball games that are this good,” said Musketeers coach Sean Miller. “I am satisfied with our performance. It came to an end. Our offense was certainly good enough to win. Our defense wasn’t good enough.”

The Musketeers (3-1) were given a boost by the return of Colby Jones, who missed a game and was restricted from training this week with a right ankle injury. He was released for the game before warm-up and had 13 points and six assists.

“This is a guy who hasn’t done anything for seven days,” Miller said. “I really respect him for what he did for us in that game. He played 36 minutes. A lot of kids wouldn’t have done that.”

In their first away game of the season, the Hoosiers started 5-0 from a 3-point range before making two straights. The Musketeers made four of their first seven shots from deep.

The inside duo of Nunge and Freemantle combined for 17 points and ten rebounds in the first half, while the Musketeers led by up to nine points before going 40-38 at halftime.

Jackson-Davis already had 17 points for Indiana at the break.

“I took charge tonight,” Jackson-Davis said. “It’s what I want to do to move forward. We couldn’t assume that we would just put this game down. We knew they would fight. We have high expectations this season. That was a big test.”

Foul problems became a problem for Xavier in the second half.

Boum picked up his fourth foul at 17:18 and was substituted on and off with newcomer Desmond Claude. Jones and Freemantle each had four fouls by the five-minute mark.

“A lot of our fouls come from not getting seeded,” Miller said. “That changed the game.”

The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 9-1. The teams had not played since the 2007–08 season.

“There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this game,” Miller said. “If Adam Kunkel hits that shot, it would be like a save here. But we would still have the same problems. We lost to a good basketball team.”

TECHNOLOGY

Both Malik Reneau and Johnson were called for technical fouls for taunting after baskets were made.

“I’m going to stick with that,” Woodson said. “If you shoot, you should shoot. If you dip, you shall dip. Those things can make a difference in the game.”

Reneau had 12 points off the bench for Indiana.

“It’s an emotional game,” he said.

BIG PICTURE

Indiana: Any away win is big for the Hoosiers, who lost nine straight nonconference games as visitors. IU went 3-8 away last season and is 15-40 away in the last five seasons. “It’s hard to win on the road,” Woodson said. “You have to do a lot of things right. We used to win on the street. We held tonight.”

Xavier: The Musketeers still have work to do on defense. After allowing 70 points per game last season, they gave up 44 first-half points in a show against Division II Kentucky Wesleyan. Xavier allowed 50 points in the paint on Friday. “Our defense wasn’t good enough,” Miller said. “We couldn’t handle Indiana in color.”

NEXT

Indiana welcomes Miami, Ohio, in Sunday’s Hoosier Classic.

Xavier plays Florida in Thursday’s Phil Knight Legacy Tournament in Portland, Oregon.

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