BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Devonte Green scored a career-high 30 and Trayce Jackson-Davis added 15, leading undefeated Indiana past No. 17 Florida State 80-64 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.
Indiana is 8-0 for the first time since 2012-13 and has beaten three straight ranked opponents under coach Archie Miller. The previous two came last season.
Trent Forrest had 13 points as the Seminoles’ seven-game winning streak ended. M.J. Walker and Devin Vassell each scored 10 for FSU (7-2), which is 0-5 all time against the Hoosiers.
Indiana, which led by 15 in the first half, spent most of the second half fending off FSU. The Hoosiers finally took control during a late sequence when Jackson-Davis and Justin Smith each made three of four free throws and Green scored on a driving layup and 17-foot jumper. Damezi Anderson completed the 13-2 run with a 3-pointer from the corner. When it ended, the Hoosiers led 72-58 with 3:31 to go and the Seminoles never seriously challenged again.
FSU: The Seminoles are masters of winning ugly. But they were dreadful in the first half, getting outrebounded 17-10, going 2 of 8 on 3s and committing six turnovers. It was simply too big of a hole for FSU to dig out of.
Indiana: At times, the Hoosiers looked downright impressive. At others, they looked as though they were still trying to find their way against the best opponent they’ve faced this season. But this was a good win and should give them momentum heading into the weekend.
FSU: The Seminoles were outrebounded 35-25 and outscored in bench points 33-20. ... Florida State came up with eight steals but was 7 of 19 on 3s. ... The Seminoles hadn’t given up more than 74 points in their previous eight games this season.
Indiana: Jackson-Davis also had eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. ... Smith finished with 14 points and five rebounds. ... Green was 10 of 15 from the field and 5 of 7 on 3s. ... Indiana went 7 of 15 on 3s and had 18 turnovers.
FSU resumes ACC play Sunday at home against Clemson.
The Hoosiers open Big Ten play Saturday at Wisconsin.
Hamilton knows the Hoosiers
Meetings between the Seminoles and the five-time national champion Hoosiers have been rare, and FSU visits to IU’s Assembly Hall even more so. They’ve now played five times – at Bloomington, Ind., in 1975, at neutral sites in 1991 and 1992 (twice), and Tuesday night.
But while FSU might not have much experience with Indiana, coach Leonard Hamilton certainly does.
His career has crossed paths with the Hoosiers several times over the last 40-plus years, particularly during his time as an assistant at rival Kentucky (1974-86).
Hamilton, known for his stingy defenses, credits longtime IU coach Bob Knight with helping form his defensive philosophies.
“Coach Knight, in my opinion was, gosh, he was the man in college basketball,” Hamilton told seminoles.com before the game. “I had two books that I read a lot of. One was the Bible. The other was his defensive book.
“I can remember, as a grad student, just looking at that book and reading it and hanging all my defensive thoughts on everything that I read.”