PISCATAWAY, N.J. – 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 its rebuilding season meaningful.
Indiana (13-12, 6-7 Big Ten) opened a 42-22 lead with 121/2 minutes remaining after Josh Newkirk found Collin Hartman for a 3-pointer, causing Rutgers to call a timeout.
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.”
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.
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 continues 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.
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