Phinisee’s career game leads Indiana past No. 4 Purdue 68-65
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Rob Phinisee spent four seasons waiting for a moment like the one he celebrated Thursday night.
It even took him two chances to make money.
The junior guard scored 17 goals in the first half and then closed the 20-point game by continuing with 3 points and 16.5 points to send Indiana past No. 4 Purdue 68-65 for Phinisee’s first win over their hometown school.
“Every time I go home, people always dump me. I finally wanted to get one, ”Phinisee said. “It was just something I will never forget. Only the fans, they gave me their full support, so I just want to say thank you. “
The Phinisee was impressive last night when the Hooisers (14-4, 5-3 Big Ten) really needed him. He made his first six shots, the first three of 3, had four steals and had a total of great points – all in the first half.
With non-American candidate Trayce Jackson-Davis limited to a total of just 11 minutes due to a serious injury, Indiana relied heavily on its surrounding players. Xavier Johnson added 18 points, Trey Galloway scored eight goals and put Purdue goalkeeper Jaden Ivey on the defensive, and Phinisee played his best game of the season.
As a result, the Hoosiers lost nine games against their main opponent, and thousands of screaming fans filled the courtroom during Ivey’s 3-pointer to force more time to roll while the buzzer made a sound.
“I have a lot of confidence in who I take, which I take where the competition is,” Ivey said. “I tried to remove it from the glass for the seniors to get in. My leg was bothering me all the game, before the game I didn’t know if I could really play because of my knee. It was just a loss.”
Ivey scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half but missed a free kick and the goalkeeper with 3 points from a free kick after Jackson-Davis scored. two that led to a three-point game. Mason Gillis has 13 points and seven rebounds for the Boilemakers (15-3, 4-3), who have lost for the first time in their last six trips to the Assembly Hall.
But after Phinisee helped Indiana score 37-28 in the half, Ivey went to work. He raised a 9-2 that cut the deficit to 59-58 and finally tied the score at 63 with a central jump with 3:36 to go.
Twice the Boilermakers had a chance to take the lead and failed before Gillis’ layup with 1:08 to play gave Purdue the lead for the first half of the second half.
After Phinisee missed the possibility of a 3-point lead after the same season break, Indiana first-year coach Mike Woodson opted for an inbound game that added early in the day and Phinisee opened. This time, he made it from the corner.
“Rob and I had a good conversation hours before the football game and it was nice to just see how it went,” Woodson said. “It’s a great achievement for our team. It was recently defeated by Purdue. “
Purdue: Coach Matt Painter criticized his defensive team most of the season and against Indiana, finally hurting the Boilermakers. Indiana made 10 of the last 17 in the first half and Purdue allowed a free kick from outside the box. Turning ten in the first half of the Boilermakers did not help, especially on the road.
Indiana: The Hoosiers showed their resilience after an early fight with Jackson-Davis on the bench. Woodson looked for his bench that had done its best work recently and Phinisee brought it in a little bird. Now the big question comes: Can Indiana build from the pace of this success?
Purdue used two straight wins last week – and a brace – to return to the top five. It can be short. After escaping with a win over time on Monday in Illinois, the Boilemakers did not complete the task on Thursday. How far they slip can depend on how impressed they are this weekend.
Indiana, meanwhile, is struggling to reach the Top 25 all season. If the Hoosiers pursue this victory with someone on Sunday, they could eventually get into position.
Purdue: Returns home Sunday to face the Northwest.
Indiana: Welcome to Michigan to the Assembly on Sunday.
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