Bench Lifts Indiana Hoosiers Men’s Basketball Over St. John’s Red Storm
The Indiana Hoosiers Men’s Basketball Team improved to 3-0 last night, defeating St. John’s Red Storm 76-74 in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. This win was totally a team effort, and it is evident that the chemistry this team has with each other is carrying them in close games like last night.
Team captain Trayce Jackson-Davis had only compliments for his fellow teammates. “Coach [Mike] Woodson says when your name is called you gotta be ready to play, and those guys stepped up and we needed them for this win,” Jackson-Davis said.
His praise was worthy as the bench combined for a total of 66 minutes and 20 points. Their energy and defensive-minded intensity proved to help give the Hoosiers the edge.
Khristian Lander’s five minute stretch in the second half allowed some other players to get a breather, and allowed his fresh energy to help the team. Jordan Geromino’s energy off the bench continued to be a spark for the Hoosiers’ momentum throughout the entire game; that included his stellar defense in the last eight seconds of the game which allowed the Hoosiers to hold on for a victory.
Not to mention, the energy inside Assembly Hall was electric; it definitely gave the Hoosiers strength and fire when they needed it the most.
With this team’s chemistry and competitiveness, it is clear that the team all wants the same thing- to win. The Hoosiers will take this energy into their next game against Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns this Sunday at 7:30 PM ET in Assembly Hall. The game can be heard on WIUX 99.1 FM with Zion Brown and Jace Dery on the call.
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