Hoosiers bounced from N.I.T. with first round loss to Georgia Tech

Indiana head coach Tom Crean reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Washington. Wisconsin won 70-60. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ATLANTA (AP) – Josh Okogie scored 24 points, Tadric Jackson added 19, and the pair combined for 31 second-half points as Georgia Tech pulled away from Indiana for a 75-63 win in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
Quinton Stephens had 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including four 3-pointers, for the Yellowjackets (18-15), who were seeded sixth in their bracket and play the winner of Wednesday’s Belmont-Georgia game. Ben Lammers added 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
Juwan Morgan had 14 points and Thomas Bryant 13 for the third-seeded Hoosiers (18-16), who were in the NIT for the fifth time, first since 2005.
The teams traded big runs in the first half which ended with Georgia Tech up 34-27 as Indiana shot just 31 percent. The Hoosiers, who average 80 points and 48-percent shooting, took a 44-43 lead after Freddie McSwain Jr. made his only baskets, a tip-in followed by a dunk with 13:28 to play.
Shortly after that, Okogie had the last five points of a 7-0 spurt to make it 56-48 with 9:36 remaining. Jackson’s dunk at the 6:24 mark made it a 10-point game and the Yellowjackets hit 12 of 17 shots in the last 13 minutes.  Indiana went cold down the stretch, missing six straight shots.