Indiana shows grit in a Hard-Fought Road Win against Ohio State

The win is Indiana's first conference road win of the season.
Feb 6, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Malik Reneau (5) fights for a rebound.
Feb 6, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Malik Reneau (5) fights for a rebound. / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

Forward Malik Reneau scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Trey Galloway scored 25 points as Indiana notched its first Big Ten road win of the season with a 76-73 come from behind win in Columbus tonight. Everyone who questioned the Hoosiers' effort over the last couple of games needed to watch this game.

Indiana struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 9-27 (33%) from the field in the first half. Ohio State took a 13-point lead into the locker room. Ohio State kept Indiana at arm's length most of the second half. Then Galloway began to heat up. His play was the catalyst for the Hoosiers ending the game on a 23-8 run.

Indiana slowed the basketball game down, attacked the basket and made free throws.

Indiana led 10-9 with 15:41, and they did not lead again until Kel'el Ware made a layup with 2:41. Indiana never trailed again.

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Can we get this Trey more often?

Trey Galloway has to be one of the most frustrating players this season. He flashes some games. At the beginning of the season, he was solid in the opener against Florida Gulf Coast. Then there was the Kansas game. Galloway played the game of his life, scoring 28 points and keeping the Hoosiers in that game.

That Trey Galloway did not show up again until tonight. Tonight against Ohio State and December against Kansas may be Galloway playing out of his mind. However, he is too good a basketball player to be utterly ineffective in games. He'll leave his feet and have no idea where to go with the basketball.

There are other times he is indecisive with the ball in his hands. Tonight, he proved that he can be a reliable second or third option on the team when he plays basketball.

Where does this leave the Hoosiers?

The Hoosiers might have to win the Big Ten Tournament -- or at least make a run to the semis or finals -- to have a shot at the NCAA Tournament. They have two opportunities for Quad 1 wins against #2 Purdue and #11 Wisconsin. However, they travel to Purdue, and Indiana has not been good on the road this year.

The guard play still needs to improve, and so does the free throw shooting. It was better tonight, however. Kel'el Ware's health is also of great concern for the Hoosiers if they want to make a run at March Madness.