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Morgan scores 24, Johnson adds 19 as Indiana beats Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After falling to .500 coming off four straight losses at the end of a stretch of seven games in 17 days, Indiana was desperate for a win to keep the rebuild season meaningful.

Juwan Morgan and Robert Johnson helped the Hoosiers do just that.

Morgan had 24 points and eight rebounds and Johnson scored 19 points to lead Indiana past Rutgers 65-43 on Monday night.

''We had two keys in the game, they were Morgan and Johnson,'' Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. ''Obviously didn't do a good job on either of those.''

Indiana (13-12, 6-7 Big Ten) opened a 42-22 lead with 12 1/2 minutes remaining after Josh Newkirk found Collin Hartman for a 3-pointer, causing Rutgers to call a timeout. Indiana would lead by as many 24.

''It feels good. We've been having a lot of back-to-back games so it's been tiring, so it's good to have a break,'' Indiana guard Devonte Green said, adding, ''it gives us a little bit of confidence.''

The Hoosiers jumped to a 5-0 lead before making it 11-2. Rutgers was held under 10 points until 6:31 left in the first half, when Geo Baker hit a 3-pointer to make it 24-11. Indiana took a 26-16 lead into halftime.

''The one thing is, you can't make excuses,'' Indiana coach Archie Miller said. ''You can't use turnarounds and things like that as excuses, you have to be ready. When the ball is tipped, the most ready team usually has the best chance to get off to a good start. I thought tonight we were ready.''

Baker finished with 10 points.

Rutgers (12-14, 2-11) was led by Deshawn Freeman, who had 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals, as the Scarlet Knights shot 24.1 percent (13 of 54) from the field and tied their lowest scoring output of the season.

''Just keeping to our principles. What we practice every day on,'' Freddie McSwain Jr. said of the team's defense. ''It was just a great team defense and everybody just being scrappy.''

BIG PICTURE

Indiana: The Hoosiers climb closer to .500 in the Big Ten as they try to move up in the standings. While first place is a three-team race, teams in the middle of the pack are jockeying for position in the Big Ten Tournament.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights continue to struggle without Mike Williams (ankle) and Eugene Omoruyi (knee). Rutgers is now sitting in the basement of the Big Ten standings. The Scarlet Knights have lost six in a row and eight of their last nine.

TOUGH STRETCH

Both teams were coming off home losses against Top-5 teams on Saturday night. Rutgers lost to No. 3 Purdue 78-76 while Indiana lost to No. 4 Michigan State 63-60.

UNDEFEATED

Rutgers will continue to look for its first win vs. Indiana, as the Hoosiers improved to 6-0 all-time against the Scarlet Knights in a series that dates back to 1980.

UP NEXT

Indiana: Host Minnesota on Friday night.

Rutgers: At Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.

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Key Players
R. Johnson
C. Sanders
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
14.2 Pts. Per Game 14.2
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
41.7 Field Goal % 37.9
34.1 Three Point % 23.1
72.1 Free Throw % 73.3
  Defensive rebound by Aljami Durham 18.0
  Matt Bullock missed free throw 18.0
  Shooting foul on Johnny Jager 18.0
+ 2 Matt Bullock made layup 18.0
  Offensive rebound by Matt Bullock 18.0
  Jake Dadika missed 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
  Bad pass turnover on Clifton Moore, stolen by Issa Thiam 52.0
  Defensive rebound by Clifton Moore 52.0
  Luke Nathan missed jump shot 54.0
  Offensive rebound by Issa Thiam 59.0
  Mamadou Doucoure missed jump shot, blocked by Justin Smith 1:01
Team Stats
Points 65 43
Field Goals 24-55 (43.6%) 13-54 (24.1%)
3-Pointers 9-20 (45.0%) 4-14 (28.6%)
Free Throws 8-18 (44.4%) 13-24 (54.2%)
Total Rebounds 42 39
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 29 24
Team 5 2
Assists 14 5
Steals 5 6
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 13 11
Fouls 23 17
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
13 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Indiana 13-12 263965
home team logo Rutgers 12-14 162743
Team Stats
away team logo Indiana 13-12 71.9 PPG 37.7 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Rutgers 12-14 65.2 PPG 41.5 RPG 9.8 APG
Key Players
00
J. Morgan F PPG RPG APG FG%
33
D. Freeman F 11.1 PPG 7.3 RPG 0.9 APG 40.2 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Morgan F 24 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
D. Freeman F 13 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
43.6 FG% 24.1
45.0 3PT FG% 28.6
44.4 FT% 54.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Morgan 30 24 8 2 1 2 0 4 10/14 3/4 1/5 0 8
R. Johnson 29 19 2 2 1 0 3 1 7/13 3/6 2/6 0 2
D. Green 30 9 3 4 0 0 2 3 4/7 1/1 0/1 1 2
F. McSwain Jr. 20 4 9 1 1 2 3 3 0/3 0/0 4/4 5 4
Z. McRoberts 25 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Morgan 30 24 8 2 1 2 0 4 10/14 3/4 1/5 0 8
R. Johnson 29 19 2 2 1 0 3 1 7/13 3/6 2/6 0 2
D. Green 30 9 3 4 0 0 2 3 4/7 1/1 0/1 1 2
F. McSwain Jr. 20 4 9 1 1 2 3 3 0/3 0/0 4/4 5 4
Z. McRoberts 25 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Hartman 10 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 2
A. Durham 21 3 4 1 0 0 1 3 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 4
J. Smith 15 2 5 0 0 2 2 3 1/5 0/0 0/0 1 4
J. Newkirk 15 1 1 3 1 0 1 1 0/4 0/2 1/2 1 0
J. Jager 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Moore 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2
T. Priller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Blackmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Lasko - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 65 37 14 5 7 13 23 24/55 9/20 8/18 8 29
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Freeman 26 13 8 2 3 0 3 3 3/11 0/1 7/9 4 4
G. Baker 32 10 2 0 0 2 0 2 4/11 2/4 0/2 1 1
C. Sanders 33 9 6 2 1 0 1 0 1/11 1/4 6/8 0 6
M. Doucoure 18 4 4 0 0 0 1 3 2/6 0/0 0/0 3 1
I. Thiam 29 2 4 0 1 1 2 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Freeman 26 13 8 2 3 0 3 3 3/11 0/1 7/9 4 4
G. Baker 32 10 2 0 0 2 0 2 4/11 2/4 0/2 1 1
C. Sanders 33 9 6 2 1 0 1 0 1/11 1/4 6/8 0 6
M. Doucoure 18 4 4 0 0 0 1 3 2/6 0/0 0/0 3 1
I. Thiam 29 2 4 0 1 1 2 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Dadika 9 3 1 0 1 0 1 2 1/2 1/2 0/2 0 1
M. Bullock 12 2 4 0 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/3 3 1
S. Doorson 11 0 3 1 0 1 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3
C. Sa 24 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 4
S. Mensah 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
L. Nathan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Omoruyi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Downes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 43 37 5 6 5 11 17 13/54 4/14 13/24 13 24