Indiana cuts out Wyoming in the First Four

DAYTON, Ohio — The University of Dayton Arena rocked thanks to hordes of Indiana fans who drove to the First Four to watch the Hoosiers play the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016.

The newly renovated 13,400-seat venue was just getting louder as Indiana delayed a 66-58 win over turnover-prone Wisconsin on Tuesday night and sent the 12th-seeded Hoosiers (21-13) to a first-round regional game in the east around Am To face fifth placed St. Mary’s on Thursday.

Trayce Jackson-Davis had 29 points and nine rebounds, while Jordan Geromino – who averaged 3.9 points this season – posted a career-high 15.

“I thought our defense was really key when we were struggling to make shots offensively,” said Indiana coach Mike Woodson, who previously coached the Knicks. “But we just kept grinding and I found another player off the bench tonight and that was Geronimo who gave us a big, big boost tonight. And Trayce was who he was pretty much all year.”

Trayce Jackson-Davis, who scored 29 points, dunks home in Indiana's 66-58 win over Wyoming.
Trayce Jackson-Davis, who scored 29 points, dunks home in Indiana’s 66-58 win over Wyoming.
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Indiana opened up a 10-point lead over the Cowboys (25-9) with less than two minutes left. Wyoming’s Drake Jeffries hit two foul shots to put the Cowboys within six with 14 seconds left, but Jeffries had to foul Indiana’s Xavier Johnson, who hit a pair from the stripe to put it out of range.

Hunter Maldonado went ahead with 21 points against the Cowboys but turned the ball over 10 times. Graham Ike had 17 and nine rebounds. The Cowboys had 19 turnovers that resulted in 17 Indiana points.

“We were a team for most of the year until we were in the top 25 in the country in terms of revenue percentage in the last two or three weeks, but you know (we) give that team 19 empty possessions when I’m about it “Most of the time we got the shots we wanted to do,” said Wyoming coach Jeff Linder.

Both teams shot early from the outside, but not much fell. Indiana led 30-25 at halftime, despite shooting just 32 percent and hitting 1-of-8 from 3-point range.

The Cowboys failed to keep their grip and turned the ball over 13 times in the first half, including seven times by Maldonado. Wyoming didn’t shoot much better at halftime either, just 39%.

“I’ve seen traps and doubles all year, it wasn’t anything special, but I tried to push it a little more than I probably should have,” Maldonado said. Indiana cuts out Wyoming in the First Four


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