IU falls short at No. 20 FSU, 69-67, in overtime

After a 69-67 overtime loss at No. 20 Florida State, the man who put the most out on the floor for Indiana had more to give.

IU’s sophomore big man, Trayce Jackson-Davis, coming off of a 25-point, 17-rebound performance, gave it to his teammates in the locker room.

“I’m not to lie, when I got in the locker room, I was angry,” Jackson-Davis said. “I don’t think of us as any other IU team we’ve had in the past 10 years. I’m trying to be different this year. And to be different, we need to win these games.”

It was a game that was very much within IU’s grasp. It was tied 62-all late in the fourth quarter, when the Seminoles rebounded their own miss three straight times.

IU guard Armaan Franklin very nearly stole the ensuing inbounds pass, but he was falling out of bounds as he tried to call timeout, and the officials wouldn’t give it to him with six seconds left.

In overtime, Jackson-Davis got the Hoosiers started with a three-point play, but FSU’s star freshman, Scottie Barnes, came alive. He hit a 3-pointer to tie it back up, and then he galloped toward the rim for a bucket off the glass, winning it with a second left.

Sure, the Hoosiers (3-2) battled on the road, buoyed by their star sophomore. But there just weren’t enough shots for an IU team that hit 36.8 percent from the floor. There weren’t enough defensvie rebounds for a squad that IU coach Archie Miller has emphasized, over and over, needs to be better in that phase.

But if there was a silver lining Wednesday, it’s that the Hoosiers didn’t want one. Jackson-Davis, in particular, said he got into some faces in the locker room.

“That locker room was vastly different than a lot of locker rooms I’ve been in here,” Miller said. “That was a very, very upset team. That’s an upset group. Because you’re pouring your heart out, and you know the things that you stress every day that have to be good for this team to be successful.

“It comes down to rebounding the ball a lot of times. Our inability to get some scrappy ones, our inability to get some big ones, especially late, is disappointing, and it’s something we can control.”

Both teams weren’t all that efficient offensively. FSU connected on 36.2 percent of its shots, as well as just 11-of-21 from the free throw line. IU was 4-of-15 from 3-point range.

At the same time, it was within IU’s grasp, because, for most of the game, the Hoosiers rebounded and defended. IU just couldn’t hold the boards late, ending up tied 44-all in that department with the long and athletic Seminoles.

That number may have been even, but Miller’s feelings in that department were distinctly one-sided.

“I don’t feel good about rebounding,” Miller said. “For me and our staff, it’s our No. 1 concern. I think that we’re forcing teams into possessions late into the clock where they have to drive the ball. I think when you drive, your defense typically collapses. But the big thing in this game right here were their perimeter people coming in for the offensive rebounds.

“Florida State does a great job of coming up with their press every time, so their guards are never really getting penalized for running in for rebounds. A big part of this one was long ones, ones on the ground that you have to get.”

Front line players Raiquan Gray, Balsa Koprivica, and Malik Osborne combined for 26 rebounds for FSU, but a guard, Anthony Polite, added another nine. On at least a handful of occasions, Miller saw FSU just out-hustling the Hoosiers for loose balls.

That belies some of the effort IU displayed in other parts of the game. Trailing 31-25 with under three minutes left in the first half, IU went into the locker room strong. A turnaround hook by Race Thompson, from just outside the paint, fell through. IU then followed a defensive stop with a bucket from Jackson-Davis to cut the halftime deficit to 33-31.

Rob Phinisee and Al Durham, the latter returning from an ankle injury, hit back-to-back shots to give IU a 57-55 lead in the second half. Phinisee hit a pull-up jumper near the free-throw line, while Durham hit a 3-pointer to 3:51 left to give IU that two-point edge. IU was making just enough plays to hang in and pull ahead.

A tip-in from Jackson-Davis with just over a minute left put the Hoosiers in the driver’s seat, 61-59, off of a missed 3-pointer from Phinisee. But FSU answered with a 3-pointer from M.J. Walker to retake the lead, and Phinisee went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to tie the game at 62-all.

Then IU just couldn’t get the ball. Those defensive rebounds IU couldn’t corral on FSU’s last possession, combined with the timeout Franklin wasn’t granted, really stung the Hoosiers.

“Armaan stole the ball underneath and out of bounds and called timeout with his foot on the ground. That was my view,” Miller said. “The officiating crew basically said they thought he was falling out of bounds and you can’t reward a player for falling out of bounds and calling timeout.

“It was a tough play. There were a lot of tough plays in this game. But when you’re on the road, that’s what you gotta expect.”

What may have also been surprising was how FSU’s star freshman, Scottie Barnes, came to life late. The 6-foot-9 guard was just 2-of-8 from the field before he hit a 3-pointer to tie it up in overtime.

He took some long steps on his drive versus Franklin to hit the game-winner, but Miller blamed himself for how the Hoosiers handled that sequence defensively.

“For the most part we hung in there pretty tough,” Miller said. “The coast-to-coast layup at the end of the game, it’s on me. We have to be better in special situations. You can’t let a guy get a full head of steam and go coast-to-coast. You gotta be able to slow him down. The last play is on me, it’s not on the players.”

But the players, including Jackson-Davis, were ready to put much of it on themselves postgame.

They wanted more than just a close loss at Florida State.

“I kinda got into some guys. I was upset,” Jackson-Davis said. “But at the end of the day, it’s all love.”

(above photo courtesy of IU Athletics)

9 comments

  1. I absolutely can NOT fault the IU effort tonight, that’s for sure.
    Sometimes the other team is simply better.

  2. That was a hell of a great game. Turnovers 1st half till IU got used to their height and speed. Correction – *Franklin was unable to call a timeout*. The kind of game that reminds me of my late Mother who loved watching IU games on TV — unless it was a tight game in the second half. She would turn off her tv and every few minutes yell ( what’s the score?). The guys lost but were in it for all 40 minutes.

    1. Hunter was 2-3 from 3 point land. Wished he’d have shot 2-3 more in the 2nd half.
      This Hoosier teams centerpiece is “D”.

  3. Agreed there were times when I was a coach when I would explain to my players, “You didn’t lose the other team just won.” It would take them a minute to put it together but they would figure it out.

  4. And yet another Archie team with poor guard play, poor offense, turnovers, poor shooting resulting in scoring droughts.

    We start a junior and senior at guard and this is what we get. At best, another average team.

  5. I don’t like to blame referees for losses but for God’s sake we got only 1 call to go our way & it was a phantom foul that TJD converted to a 3 Pt play. Several rebounds were lost because of body blows to the side or back. Several push offs on rebounds also not called. At least two late loose ball scrums where fouls were committed across the forearm of our player who was already holding it. Complete phantom foul on either Franklin or Phinisee simply guarding his man near their bench.

    Add all that to bad 3 Pt % & that was the reason we lost. Most of their 3s were legit from 4-5 ft behind the line. Give it up to them. If you check the stats you will see they out scored us by 12 from 3 & we outscored them by 10 at the line. Result = -2, 69-67.

    1 more tangible detail, if Phinisee hits both FTs late in regulation we win by 1 with no OT. In games like this, it’s the little things that beat you.

    I really like this team. They are tough with a very strong sense of the game. Galloway really has poise behind his years. He held his own & was already leading on the floor. We’ll have him for 4 years, I hope. He’s a combination of Adam Morrison & yes, I’m going to say it, Larry Bird. We have a very strong, respectable nucleus now & bigger, better things are ahead.

    All naysayers, we’ll see you back on the bandwagon later this year.

  6. There were a lot of reasons why IU lost, some of them have been listed above. But from my perspective, having watched the game a second time last night, the primary reason was that on numerous occasions, FSU scored on too many second and third-chance shots. It might have been a different story had our center been able to play. Another reason we lost is that our players still don’t do well scoring at the rim, especially our guards. Too many times, an IU guard drove to the basket and tried to score against three bigger FSU players and were denied. And that may be because our guards still lack confidence in their 3-point shooting ability, which does not look to be greatly improved so far this season.

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