INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The Miami of Ohio Redhawks were ready to play No. 12 Indiana at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday.
Miami coach Travis Steele felt his team had implemented the game plan early on, trailing just 21-20 with 7-46 in the first half and just six more with less than three minutes left at halftime. But with Indiana’s abundance of frontcourt depth — led by Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Malik Reneau and Jordan Geronimo — the Redhawks were overwhelmed with an 86-56 loss.
“Indiana is very physically impressive,” Steele said. “They’re going to be physically on defence, really physical. It’s Big Ten basketball. Her physicality has worn us down.”
Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers with 17 points and 16 rebounds and had a double-double when Steele and the Redhawks entered the dressing room at halftime.
“You want to send all the cavalry after him,” Steele said. “He’s a monster down there and he can let you pay with the pass. He’s watched a doubles team all his life. That’s what I told our team when we were looking into this, so you’ll have to give him different looks. You can’t make it a one-on-one, he’ll score 36 points against you… There’s a reason he’s a first-team All-American.
Reneau also did a bit of everything, adding 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals and even leading the quick break at times on Sunday.
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“Malik probably isn’t getting enough play like I said in terms of the media and how good he is. He’s phenomenal,” Steele said. “I think he’s really, really good. So if you have a bunch of guys they can play through like that, it’s either a foul or it’s a bucket every time it’s one on one.”
Miami shot just 32.4 percent from the field and hit on 22 of 68 attempts. Geronimo’s defense was a big reason for that. The Hoosiers’ third-year forward blocked five shots and contributed six points and four rebounds.
“Jordan Geronimo, man,” Steele said. “He blocked about six of our shots, it felt like he had his chest on the edge.”
With that loss, Miami of Ohio fell back to 1-4 in the season and Steele knows there’s still work to be done to move forward.
“We have to grow up,” Steele said. “We have a very inexperienced group and we’re trying to figure out what wins in college basketball. This isn’t high school anymore.”
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- INDIANA ALL-TIME RANKINGS: Trayce Jackson-Davis was already number 15 on Indiana’s all-time scoring chart before deciding to come back for his senior year. Now he’s on his way up the goalscoring chart again in 2022/23 and we’ll update the goalscoring chart after every game. CLICK HERE
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