SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Indiana is on the road for the first time this season, taking on Syracuse in the Carrier Dome as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Hoosiers come into the game with a spotless 6-0 record. Syracuse is 3-3, but has a five-game winning streak over the Hoosiers in the rivalry. Indiana's only win was in the 1987 NCAA championship game, and the Orange have won five straight since.
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9:36 p.m. — Khristian Lander hits a huge three from the top of the key for Indiana to make it 108-107. Indiana is forced to foul, but Jimmy Boeheim makes both free throws with 17.8 seconds left to stretch the lead back out to three at 110-107. Indiana calls timeout to set up a final play. It needs to be better than the one in the first overtime.
9:30 p.m. — Syracuse runs the same play for Buddy Boeheim three times in a row, and he scores all three times. Syracuse 107-102.
9:20 p.m. — Indiana scores first in the second overtime, with Trayce Jackson-Davis scoring on a lob. He was fouled, but missed the free throw. He gets a block, and then scores on a dunk again on the other side. Indiana leads 101-97.
9:10 p.m. — The pace has been frenetic in this overtime. We finally get a timeout with 36.3 seconds left after a Race Thompson basket in the lane ties it at 97. Syracuse ball after the break. Syracuse misses and Indiana gets it back with 10.2 seconds to go, but they can't get a shot off after a Khristian Lander pass is tipped. DOUBLE OVERTIME
9:03 p.m. — Cole Swider goes to the line for two shots. He makes them both. Syracuse fouls Khristian Lander on the way down so the Hoosiers can't get a three off. With 2.6 seconds left, he makes the first one, and intentionally misses the second. Trayce Jackson-Davis gets fouled AND MAKES BOTH FREE THROWS!! OVERTIME
8:55 p.m. — Massively good news. Trayce checks back in the game. And immediately dunks to kmake it 83-78 with 1:19 to go. And dunks again, 84-80. Parker Stewart hits a three with 5.4 seconds to go, and it's 86-85 Syracuse. Foul right away. Timeout Indiana.
8:50 p.m. — Trayce Jackson-Davis is down on the floor, and can't put any weight on his left knee at all. He's been helped to the bench. Massively bad news.
8:47 p.m. — Syracuse on a run here, scoring on four straight possessions. They've been beating Indiana on the glass on misses, too. Suddenly, it's 81-72 Orange with 4:09 to go. Indiana is 16-for-22 shooting in the second half, that's 72.7 percent.
8:44 p.m. — That was a bad seqeunce of officiating there. Syracue center Jesse Edwards clearly went over the back of Trayce Jackson-Davis to keep a ball alive, but there was no call. The ball wound up in Jimmy Boeheim's hands and he bumped into Xavier Johnson, but they called the foul on Johnson, his fourth.
8:37 p.m — Trayce Jackson-Davis gets a big block, and then Rob Phinisee scores on a layup on. the other end to put the Hoosiers ahead 67-65. But Jimmy Boeheim hits a three on the other end, and Syracuse goes back up by one. Great game all of a s
8:33 p.m. — And now we are TIED at 58 on a Miller Kopp jumper. Syracuse answers, but Race Thompson ties it up again at 60. Miller Kopp hits a three-pointer from the right corner and Indiana has the lead for for the first time at 63-60.
8:28 p.m. — We're at the under 12 timeout now and it's Syracuse 58-56. Indiana is shooting 9-for-14 from the field in the second half (64.3 percent). Even more importantly, just three turnovers in the first 8-plus minutes.
8:25 p.m. — Race Thompson hits a little floater in the lane and the lead is down to four at 54-50. That's the closest it's been since the first two minutes of the game. And then he scores again. Indiana probing the zone and getting good looks. It's 56-54 now.
8:10 p.m. — And ANOTHER Parker Stewart three-pointer suddenly has the Hoosiers within seven points, and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim calls a timeout. There's 16:09 to go, and we've got a game again, for the first time in a long time. Stewart has 15 points now, and this is clearly his best game as a Hoosier so far.
8:05 p.m. — A pair of three-pointers from Parker Stewart has cut the Syracuse lead from 17-11, but Xavier Johnson picks up his third foul at the 17:35 mark. That's not good. But Mike Woodson keeps him in the game.
STATS THAT MATTER: Indiana is just 3-for-12 from three. That really needs to improve in the second half. They're just 10-for-28 from the field (35.7 percent). Miller Kopp is the leading scorer, with 10 points.
HALFTIME: Syracuse 49-33. Indiana has turned it over far too much against the 2-3 zone, which isn't really all that surprising. I was hoping they'd stay under 10 each half, but they had 13. Six of the 13 turnovers have come from Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson on the inside, three each, and they're having trouble kicking the ball back out.
7:40 p.m. — For those of you who only care about free throw shooting — and you know who you are — Indiana was 10-for-11 in the first half, 91 percent.
7:35 p.m. — These last few minutes of the first half are getting away from the Hoosiers. Two turnovers, a charging call and two misses right at the rim by Trayce Jackson-Davis and Xavier Johnson really hurts. Syracuse leads 47-29.
7:25 p.m. — Syracuse is getting too many good looks from three, and they're knocking them down. Buddy Boeheim is 3-for-3 from deep, and Jimmy Boeheim is 2-for-3. They have 21 of the Orange's 29 points so far, and they lead 29-18 with 6:58 to go in the first.
7:20 p.m. — Miller Kopp hits a three from the left corner, his second basket of the game, and the Hoosiers are back within four, trailing 20-16. Syracuse's biggest lead of the half was 10. Indiana doing a nice job of getting back in the game.
7:15 p.m. — Indiana goes to the bench for the first time with 12:24 remaining. Freshman Tamar Bates gets the call, replacing Parker Stewart. Syracuse leads 18-11.
7:10 p.m. — We're at the first media timeout and Syracuse leads 13-5. The Boeheim boys are hot from three-point land. Jimmy Boeheim has two and Buddy Boeheim has one. A tough offensive foul call on Trayce Jackson-Davis early. Indiana can't afford to have him foul trouble. Something to watch for sure. Counting the foul, Indiana turned it over on their first three possessions.
7:05 p.m. — Syracuse out of the gate early, with a quick 7-0 lead. Mike Woodson calls a timeout.
6:50 p.m. — Another first tonight. Mike Woodson is not wearing a suit. All Indiana coaches in black sweatsuits. Players are wearing suits on road trips, though. Trey Galloway, out with a wrist injury, is looking good.
6:45 p.m. — For the seventh straight game, Indiana goes with the same starting lineup. It's Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Parker Stewart, Xavier Johnson and Miller Kopp.
6:35 p.m. — Indiana guard Rob Phinisee has missed the last three games with a calf injury, but he's dressed tonight and looks like he's ready to go. We'll see how close to 100 percent he is. An experienced guard always helps against a zone defense like this.
6:35 p.m. — Through Sunday, Indiana is still No. 1 in the nation in field goal percentage defense, allowing just 32.1 percent shooting.
6:30 p.m. — Indiana found its range from the perimeter in the Hoosier Classic, shooting 49.0 percent (24-for-49) from three-point range in the three games. In Indiana's first three games of the season, the Hoosiers were just 18-for-65 from deep, good for only 27.7 percent. That's a substantial difference, especially heading into this game, where perimeter shooting will be a priority against the Syracuse zone.
6:25 p.m. — Mike Woodson has won his first six games as Indiana's head coach, the second-longest winning streak to start an Indiana coaching career. The only one who's done better in Bloomington was Branch McCracken, who won his first seven games in the 1938-1939 season.
6:20 p.m. — Tonight's game is on ESPN2 as part of the network's coverage of the 14-game, three-night event. Here's everything you need to know about the broadcast, with plenty of nuggets on the game, including the latest on the point spread. CLICK HERE
6:15 p.m. — Trayce Jackson Davis had 43 points against Marshall and now sits an 1,072 career points, good for 50th place all-time. He passed three guys on the list on Saturday, Harry "Butch'' Joyner (1,030), Al Durham (1,035) and Jay Edwards (1,038). Next on the list is Ricky Calloway at 1,073. For the complete list of 1,000-point scorers, CLICK HERE