Indiana edges Notre Dame 64-56 in final edition of Crossroads Classic
The Indiana Hoosiers got their 9th win of the season Saturday with a 64-56 win over Notre Dame.
The game marked the final edition of the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis this weekend. The 4-team event is in its 11th and final season featuring Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, and Butler. With the first meeting in 2011, the 4 teams played each other on a rotating basis. Indiana went 5-1 against Indiana during the event and 8-3 overall.
Notre Dame shot just 36% from the field as it dropped to 4-5 on the season. Indiana was able to keep the Irish cold for most of the day, as ND shot just 4-of-22 from 3-point range.
The Hoosiers were led by Trayce Jackson-Davis’ 17 points, but put 4 in double-digits. Parker Stewart supplied 12 points while Xavier Johnson and Race Thompson each pitched in 11 points. Jackson-Davis’ 12 rebounds also gave him the 26th double-double of his career.
Notre Dame led by as many as 9 in the first half, but Indiana closed the final 7 minutes of the opening salvo on a 15-3 run to take a 30-27 lead into the halftime break. Once IU took a 1-point lead off a Jackson-Davis layup with 2:31 to play, it never gave the lead back.
After IU built up a 10-point lead early in the second half, the Irish fought back to a tie with a little more than 6 minutes to play in the game. Again, though, Indiana answered with a run—this time 11-2—to take back control in the game.
The Hoosiers play once more before Christmas break, Dec. 22 at home against Northern Kentucky.