BLOOMINGTON – In a game Indiana had to have, Devonte Green delivered.
The senior guard made four straight 3-pointers to start his night and finished with 27 points on 7 for 11 from 3-point range to lead the Hoosiers to a 89-77 win over No. 21 Iowa at Assembly Hall on Thursday, snapping Indiana's four-game losing streak in front of an announced crowd of 17,222.
“We knew we had to bounce back, we had to get through this slump,” Green said of ending the season-long losing streak. “All it takes is one win to get that feel-good back in your system, in the locker room.
“We knew it was gonna be tough to beat them and that gave us a sense of urgency.”
Iowa center Luka Garza, who leads the Big Ten in scoring, had 38 points on 14-for-22 shooting to lead the Hawkeyes.
Trayce Jackson-Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season, to lead Indiana's inside attack.
Green checked in for the first time with 15:53 left in the first half and, with his older brother, Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, in attendance, drained four 3-pointers in the first 3:38 he was on the floor, helping push the Hoosiers in front after a sluggish start. His 3-point barrage was part of a string of seven straight baskets for Indiana that led to a 17-7 extended run and a 25-16 lead.
“It's just a good feeling when you see one, then two and three and four go in,” Green said. “You're like, 'Alright, I'm gonna shoot it again. I'm gonna shoot it until I miss it. Then I'm going to shoot it again.' ”
Green added another 3 later in the half and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals to his final totals. His first half explosion helped the Hoosiers to a 49-34 halftime lead.
“When he hits one (3-pointer), he hits two and then you just have to find a way to get him (the ball),” Jackson-Davis said of Green. “Flare (screens), any way, you gotta get him the ball because he's hot and he can touch it and it can go in any time.”
Indiana's Rob Phinisee drained a pair of 3-pointers to open the second half and the second of the two gave the Hoosiers' their biggest lead of the game at 60-40 with 15:32 left. Indiana went 11 for 21 from long distance, setting a new season-high for 3s.
Iowa spent the next 11 minutes cutting into the lead, getting it down to as few as 10, but the Hoosiers stayed in front with free throws and rebounding. They went 22 for 32 at the line and won the rebounding battle 39-28, grabbing 16 offensive rebounds.
The decisive moment came with less than four minutes left, when Green knocked in a deep 3 at the end of the shot clock and Race Thompson followed on the next possession with a steal and a twisting fastbreak layup to put the Hoosiers up 76-60.
Thompson matched a season-high with 10 points and added four rebounds, a career-high four steals and two blocks.
“It's huge,” Miller said of Thompson playing 25 minutes. “He's at the right place at the right time, he's about the right things. He's a winning player, he helps you win, he makes winning plays.”
Joining Danny Green in the stands for the game were former Bishop Luers star and Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., former Hoosiers All-Big Ten forward Juwan Morgan, who now plays in the Utah Jazz organization, and another former Indiana forward, OG Anunoby, who won an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors last season.