BLOOMINGTON – Nebraska was able to keep Trayce Jackson-Davis quiet for a half. Doing it for two halves, plus an extra five minutes, proved impossible.
Indiana's freshman star scored a career-high 25 points, including 22 after halftime, and made it a double-double with a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers to their first Big Ten win, a 96-90 triumph in overtime over the Cornhuskers at Assembly Hall on Friday.
Justin Smith added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Robert Phinisee had 16 points, including seven in the overtime.
Jackson-Davis and Phinisee combined for 12 of the Hoosiers' 14 points in the extra session. Phinisee, who played 26 minutes off the bench, hit a huge 3 to put Indiana in front 88-82, and Jackson-Davis added back-to-back tough shots in the lane to keep the Hoosiers in front down the stretch.
“My teammates, give all the credit to them,” Jackson-Davis said of his performance late. “They keep me level-headed, help me move on to the next play when I make a mistake. First overtime at Assembly Hall, it was rocking. Shout out to the fans because they really helped us as that sixth man.”
Nebraska (4-6) trailed down the stretch, and Indiana led 78-72 with 42 seconds left, but a pair of 3-pointers, including one with a second on the clock from Dachon Burke knotted the score at 82 going into overtime.
The Hoosiers (10-1) stayed in front most of the second half due in part to a huge advantage on the glass. Indiana outrebounded the Cornhuskers 54-31, including 19-11 on the offensive end, and had a 26-10 advantage in second-chance points.
“I thought Justin and Trayce really pounded late in the game,” coach Archie Miller said. “Really did a good job around the basket. Our team in general embraced the glass, did a great job rebounding.
“That was one of the keys to our game plan, we thought we could get on the glass. That resulted in a ton of free-throw attempts, which saved us from a night where we weren't very confident shooting the ball.”
Indiana, which the leads the nation in free throw attempts and makes, went 27 for 38 at the line. The Hoosiers suffered through a 5-for-25 night from 3-point range, including nine straight misses in the first half.
In addition to capitalizing on poor shooting, Nebraska stayed close by forcing Indiana mistakes. The Hoosiers gave the ball away 15 times, and the Cornhuskers rolled up a 21-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
Indiana got off to a fast start, pushing to a 13-4 lead that ignited the crowd from the outset. Al Durham, who finished with 14 points, knocked down a big 3-pointer early and drove coast-to-coast for another basket.
Indiana's lead evaporated in a 12-0 Nebraska run that saw the Hoosiers miss seven straight shots and relinquish the lead midway through the first half before rebounding to lead 40-39 at halftime.
Indiana guard Devonte Green suffered an Achilles injury in the second half and did not return. Green was on the bench in the second half.