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Hoosiers use 2nd-half charge to rally past Louisville 68-67

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Archie Miller watched the Indiana Hoosiers make all the right plays late in Saturday's game.

He expects them to become more successful over the next few months.

Shortly after watching Romeo Langford score 21 points, Juwan Morgan add 15 and the Hoosiers use a late second-half charge to get past Louisville 68-67, Miller acknowledged his team has figured out a winning combination.

''To know a group can finish or find a way to finish with its offense or its defense is good,'' he said. ''There were some really, really hard plays in the game that the guys had to make and they did a great job.''

No, it hasn't been pretty.

The Hoosiers (8-2, 2-0 Big Ten) fought through a rash of early-season injuries to win three straight - all by one or two points - against power-conference schools.

It's the first time since February 1987 that the Hoosiers have won three consecutive games by one or two points.

But what Miller has seen in these last three is a gritty, tough group that refuses to lose.

Langford, the hot-shot scorer who grew up 10 miles from the Cardinals' campus, drew 10 fouls and went 9 of 14 at the free-throw line, including the two to seal the victory.

Rob Phinisee, the other freshman guard, had 10 points, six rebounds and made the 3-pointer that gave Indiana its first lead with 8:36 to play. His final three or the game started Indiana's decisive 8-0 run.

Morgan, the established team leader, had five rebounds and two assists and Justin Smith wound up with nine points and nine rebounds on a day he also delivered well on defense.

''Their two best players, they played like it,'' new Cardinals coach Chris Mack said, referring to Langford and Morgan. ''I thought our guys competed but came up short. It was a great college basketball game.''

Louisville (6-3) was in control for most of it.

But after Phinsee's final 3 gave Indiana a 60-58 lead with 85 seconds left, the Cardinals never recovered.

Morgan scored on a layup and completed a 3-point play. Langford followed that with two more free throws, Phinisee added another free throw and Langford sealed it with the free throws with 2.2 seconds left.

Not even Christen Cunningham's half-court could rescue Louisville, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. Cunningham finished with 16 points while Jordan Nwora had 24 points and 14 rebounds, both career highs.

To Miller, the difference is obvious.

''We're much better, much tougher, much bigger at times on the floor than we've been in the past,'' he said. ''And we've been able to get stops when you need them.''

BIG PICTURE

Louisville: The Cardinals appeared to be on the verge of cracking the Top 25. But a dismal second half dropped them to 1-5 all-time in Bloomington and will likely force them to wait at least another week to return to the rankings.

Indiana: The Hoosiers limited Louisville to 34.5 percent shooting in the second half. That might be enough to put Indiana back in the Top 25 this week.

STAT PACK:

Louisville: Nwora was 4 of 8 on 3s and three steals and two assists. ... Ryan McMahon scored 11 points. ... The Cardinals bench scored 13 points after entering the game averaging 37.9 points. ... Louisville finished with its lowest point total this season.

Indiana: De'Ron Davis had eight points and three rebounds in less than 14 minutes. ... The Hoosiers snapped a four-game losing streak in the series. ... Indiana won despite going 4 of 14 on 3s, 16 of 25 at the free-throw line and getting outrebounded 9-3 on the offensive glass.

THEY SAID IT

Louisville: ''You lose a one-possession game, and there are so many plays that you wish you could go back in time and change. But you can't,'' Mack said.

Indiana: ''This time last year we were losing those games,'' Morgan said. ''I think this time we're coming together as a group.''

UP NEXT

Louisville: Is hosting a toy drive for Norton's Children's Hospital when Lipscomb visits Wednesday.

Indiana: Takes the week off for finals and will return to action Saturday in Indianapolis when they'll face Butler in the Crossroads Classic.

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Key Players
D. Sutton
24 F
R. Langford
0 G
33.2 Min. Per Game 33.2
17.9 Pts. Per Game 17.9
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
5.8 Reb. Per Game 5.8
40.4 Field Goal % 48.8
38.7 Three Point % 23.7
78.3 Free Throw % 69.0
+ 3 Christen Cunningham made 3-pt. floating jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Romeo Langford made 2nd of 2 free throws 2.0
+ 1 Romeo Langford made 1st of 2 free throws 2.0
  Personal foul on Dwayne Sutton 2.0
+ 1 Ryan McMahon made 3rd of 3 free throws 2.0
+ 1 Ryan McMahon made 2nd of 3 free throws 2.0
+ 1 Ryan McMahon made 1st of 3 free throws 2.0
  Shooting foul on Romeo Langford 2.0
+ 1 Rob Phinisee made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
  Rob Phinisee missed 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Darius Perry 10.0
Team Stats
Points 67 68
Field Goals 23-60 (38.3%) 24-49 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 11-32 (34.4%) 4-14 (28.6%)
Free Throws 10-13 (76.9%) 16-25 (64.0%)
Total Rebounds 36 33
Offensive 8 1
Defensive 26 28
Team 2 4
Assists 14 10
Steals 6 6
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 9 10
Fouls 22 13
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST
21 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Louisville 6-3 333467
home team logo Indiana 8-2 284068
Team Stats
away team logo Louisville 6-3 81.7 PPG 39.7 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Indiana 8-2 77.5 PPG 39.8 RPG 14.5 APG
Key Players
33
J. Nwora F 17.8 PPG 7.8 RPG 1.3 APG 48.5 FG%
0
R. Langford G 18.2 PPG 5.3 RPG 2.3 APG 48.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Nwora F 24 PTS 14 REB 2 AST
R. Langford G 21 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
38.3 FG% 49.0
34.4 3PT FG% 28.6
76.9 FT% 64.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Nwora 38 24 14 2 3 0 1 1 8/17 4/8 4/6 3 11
C. Cunningham 29 16 1 3 1 0 3 0 5/10 4/6 2/2 0 1
D. Sutton 30 8 5 1 1 0 0 5 3/9 1/5 1/2 2 3
S. Enoch 19 6 5 1 0 1 1 4 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 4
D. Perry 17 0 2 2 0 0 1 3 0/7 0/4 0/0 1 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Nwora 38 24 14 2 3 0 1 1 8/17 4/8 4/6 3 11
C. Cunningham 29 16 1 3 1 0 3 0 5/10 4/6 2/2 0 1
D. Sutton 30 8 5 1 1 0 0 5 3/9 1/5 1/2 2 3
S. Enoch 19 6 5 1 0 1 1 4 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 4
D. Perry 17 0 2 2 0 0 1 3 0/7 0/4 0/0 1 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. McMahon 23 11 1 1 1 0 1 3 3/7 2/6 3/3 0 1
M. Williams 15 2 5 2 0 3 1 3 1/5 0/3 0/0 1 4
A. Agau 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Fore 11 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
V. King 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Redding - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Rainey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Battaile - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 67 34 14 6 4 9 22 23/60 11/32 10/13 8 26
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Langford 31 21 1 4 1 0 1 3 6/11 0/3 9/14 0 1
J. Morgan 33 15 5 2 1 2 1 0 6/9 0/1 3/4 0 5
R. Phinisee 33 10 6 0 1 0 3 3 3/9 3/5 1/2 0 6
J. Smith 31 9 9 2 0 0 0 3 4/8 0/0 1/2 1 8
A. Durham 22 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Langford 31 21 1 4 1 0 1 3 6/11 0/3 9/14 0 1
J. Morgan 33 15 5 2 1 2 1 0 6/9 0/1 3/4 0 5
R. Phinisee 33 10 6 0 1 0 3 3 3/9 3/5 1/2 0 6
J. Smith 31 9 9 2 0 0 0 3 4/8 0/0 1/2 1 8
A. Durham 22 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Davis 14 8 3 1 1 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 2/3 0 3
D. Green 15 5 3 1 1 0 3 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 3
E. Fitzner 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
Z. McRoberts 19 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
Q. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jager - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Blackmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Forrester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 68 29 10 6 2 10 13 24/49 4/14 16/25 1 28