Indiana routs Tennessee Tech 87-59

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Josh Newkirk scored a season-high 20 points as Indiana bounced back from an ugly 20-point home loss three days ago with an 87-59 rout of visiting Tennessee Tech on Thursday.

The senior point guard hit six of nine shots, including three 3-pointers, and also had six assists and four rebounds for the Hoosiers (7-6).

Indiana’s scoring contributions from 10 players also included Robert Johnson with 12 and Freddie McSwain Jr. with 10.

The victory was a much-needed boost for an enigmatic Indiana squad, which lost 92-72 to Fort Wayne on Monday to suffer its fifth double-digit loss of the season.

Tennessee Tech (8-5) was outscored 49-33 in the second half.

Kajon Mack led the Golden Eagles with 14 points.

Tennessee Tech missed seven of eight shots to fall behind 25-15. The Golden Eagles managed to cut the deficit to 27-24 with a 9-2 run, but Indiana answered with an 11-2 spurt as Newkirk scored four and Johnson sank a 3-pointer for a 38-26 Hoosiers lead at halftime.


Tennessee Tech: Missed an opportunity for its best start since opening 9-4 in 2001-02. The Golden Eagles also dropped to 1-5 in away games. Tennessee Tech has never defeated Indiana in four meetings nor has it knocked off a Power Five conference opponent since Oregon State on Dec. 16, 2007.

Indiana: One home win against an underdog won’t erase the memory of losing so badly to Fort Wayne, but it’s a start. The Hoosiers needed a confidence boost, especially when considering they have only one non-conference game remaining before the start of Big Ten play.


Tennessee Tech: Aleksa Jugovic, the team’s leading scorer this season, managed just seven points on 2-of-6 shooting. He entered with a 14.3-point average. . The Golden Eagles shot just 24 of 64 (37.5 percent).

Indiana: The Hoosiers enjoyed a 17-10 advantage in assists and an 18-4 scoring edge in points off turnovers. . Finished 30 of 67 (44.8 percent) from the field.


Indiana sophomore forward De’Ron Davis flashed an amused but uncomfortable grin after being struck in the left groin while making a first-half hook shot. He hobbled down the floor, laughing and grimacing at the same time, and assured the coaching staff he was OK. The Hoosiers sat him down and applied a large bag of ice to the area.

Davis returned and finished with nine points and five rebounds in 12 minutes.


Tennessee Tech: Opens Ohio Valley Conference play next Tuesday with a home game against Morehead State.

Indiana: Hosts Youngstown State on Dec. 29 in final non-conference game on the schedule.

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