INDIANAPOLIS — Senior All-American center Trayce Jackson-Davis scored nine of 17 points in a game-high for No. 12 Indiana, which ended the first half on a 22-6 run and led to an 86-56 win over Hoosier Classic led Miami (Ohio) on Sunday.
The Hoosiers were clinging to a 21-20 lead with 7:43 remaining when Jackson-Davis dunk an alley-oop. Tamar Bates added another, then Jackson-Davis converted a three-point game.
“We’re lucky to have him down there just because he’s getting so much attention,” Bates said of Jackson-Davis. “He’s working at a high level right now and that’s what we expect from him.”
Indiana (4-0) led 43-26 at halftime, a lead that increased to 34 at times in the second half.
“You want to send all the cavalry on him,” Miami coach Travis Steele said of Jackson-Davis. “He’s a monster down there. And he can let you pay with a pass. He’s watched doubles teams all his life.”
It was a homecoming of sorts for Jackson-Davis, who was a star at Center Grove High School in the Indianapolis suburbs. He had his first double-double of the season at halftime with 13 points and 10 rebounds, finishing the 33rd double-double of his career with 16 rebounds.
Jalen Hood-Schifino added 12 points for the Hoosiers, who had 10 players contribute at least five points.
“Jalen will be there when it matters most,” said Indiana’s coach Mike Woodson. “He’s able to take big shots.”
Julian Lewis and Mekhi Lairy each had 12 points for the Redhawks (1-3).
Miami came out firing and mostly missed from 3-point range, but the Redhawks stayed close early. The Redhawks were 7 of 22 from beyond the arc in the first half and finished 10 of 34.
“We have to grow up,” Steele said. “We have a very inexperienced group. We’re trying to figure out what wins in college basketball. This isn’t high school anymore. This was a pattern we had up to this point. We go through these pauses where they suddenly go on a big voyage. Give Indiana credit, they made us pay for it.”
Indiana didn’t shoot the ball particularly well early on, missing his first six 3s, but used nine offensive rebounds for 12 second-chance points in the first half.
“I think we’ve just settled in,” said Indiana’s Miller Kopp, who had 10 points. “Every game you scout teams and you know what they’re going to do, but it’s different when you’re guarding them out there. We really just focused on that and got a feel for them. Our defense is relentless.”
Miami: A tough start for Travis Steele, a first-year coach whose team has struggled to recover from an ugly 95-69 home loss to Marshall. The Redhawks’ only win so far is against Goshen.
Indiana: After the Pacers’ home win Friday night, the Hoosiers took care of business on the same floor against an overwhelmed Mid-American Conference opponent. Three of Indiana’s four wins were in double figures.
Miami: hosts Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.
Indiana: hosts Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday.
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