Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers Suffer Second Half Collapse against #2 Jayhawks

The Hoosiers led by as many as ten points in the game.

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It had been twenty years since the Kansas Jayhawks had played in the storied Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. In 1994, the Jayhawks, ranked #4 in the country, were upset by the Hoosiers 80-61. Unfortunately for Indiana, they could not pull off the victory this afternoon, falling to the #2 Kansas Jayhawks 75-71 in front of a capacity crowd in Bloomington.

Senior Guard Kevin McCullar, Jr. scored a career-high 21 points, and Hunter Dickinson added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Indiana guard Trey Galloway led the Hoosiers with a career-high 28 points before fouling out of the game late in the second half.

The Hoosiers led by as many as 13 points, and the Jayhawks did not take their first lead until 4:53 left when Dickinson scored in the low post.

“It’s a long game,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “It was a hell of a win. A great atmosphere. The last time I came here, I met John Mellencamp. That’s probably my fondest memory of this place up until today. This place reminds me of KU: history and tradition. Two true bluebloods out there.”

The Hoosiers took an eight-point lead in the locker room and extended that lead to 13 points early in the second half. Kansas was persistent, but it seemed like Indiana had an answer for most of the second half. Dajuan Harris' 3-pointer with 7:11 in the second half seemed to turn the momentum to Kansas.

Trey Galloway pulled the Hoosiers within two points with a three-pointer with under a minute remaining. Indiana would get no closer.

Galloway was the only Hoosier starter to shoot at least 50 percent from the field. The frontcourt of Malik Reneau, Kel'el Ware, and Mackenzie Mgbako shot a combined 12-34 (38 percent) from the field. The Hoosiers also had 14 turnovers to 10 assists.