The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 9:20 pm

Indiana wins exhibition


Justin Smith made all five of his shots from the field and finished with 18 points, while five-star freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis came a rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds to lead Indiana to an 84-54 win over Division II Gannon University in an exhibition game Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers trailed briefly late in the first half at 29-28, but ended the first half on a 9-0 run that included a 3-pointer and two free throws from sophomore Robert Phinisee to take the lead for good. Those were the only five points Phinisee scored in 14 minutes as he works his way back from an abdominal injury. 

Jackson-Davis, the 2019 Indiana Mr. Basketball, went 5 for 9 from the field and added three blocks. Fellow freshman Armaan Franklin, who saw time at point guard, had 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Butler transfer Joey Brunk made all three of his attempts to finish with six points and chipped in five rebounds.

The Hoosiers shot 54% from the field, but just 33% (5 for 15) from beyond the arc. They got to the free-throw line 30 times and made 70% of those attempts, including an 8-for-9 performance from Smith.

The Hoosiers were shorthanded in the backcourt, as projected starter Devonte Green and valuable rotation guard Aljami Durham missed the game with injuries. Green is dealing with a hamstring injury and Durham has an unspecified injury that he suffered in Indiana's scrimmage against Marquette on Oct. 21.

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