Freshman forward Trayce Jackson-Davis posted his third career double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, lifting Indiana to an 88-75 win over Louisiana Tech at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Jackson-Davis scored 17 of his points in the second half as the Hoosiers (6-0) held off a second-half Louisiana Tech charge to get off to its best start since starting 9-0 in 2013-14.
Junior guard Al Durham had 18 points and four assists for Indiana, while senior guard Devonte Green scored 16 points. The Hoosiers overcame some shaky stretches, turning the ball over 12 times in the second half and 18 times for the game.
Junior guard Amorie Archibald led Louisiana Tech (4-2) with a game-high 24 points, with forward Isaiah Crawford adding 14 points.
Indiana led by as many as 23 points in the first half, going up 39-16 on a driving Durham layup. But Louisiana Tech cut into Indiana’s lead for the remainder of the half. Archibald scored six straight points on a three-point play and 3-pointer to cut Indiana’s lead to 43-27.
The Bulldogs got two more 3-pointers from guard Derric Jean and Crawford, cutting Indiana’s lead to 47-33 and prompting Indiana coach Archie Miller to call a timeout.
Green then hit a 3-pointer over Louisiana Tech’s zone defense to put the Hoosiers back up 50-33. After a Bracey 3-pointer, Indiana freshman forward Jerome Hunter was fouled on a drive with 3.1 seconds left and made a pair of free throws, putting the Hoosiers up 52-36 at halftime.
Green scored 15 of his points in the first half. As a team, Indiana shot 61.3 percent from the field in the first half, while Louisiana Tech shot 51.9 percent. Both teams shot nearly identical from the 3-point line, with Indiana making 6-of-13 attempts (46.2 percent) and Louisiana Tech going 6-for-14 (42.9 percent).
—Field Level Media