A disappointing season for Indiana sputtered to a close Tuesday night, as the Hoosiers fell to Georgia Tech 75-63 in Atlanta in the first round of the NIT.
Indiana finished the season 18-16 for a .529 winning percentage, the program’s worst since 2010-11.
Final: Georgia Tech 75, Indiana 63
Indiana finishes the season 18-16.
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) March 15, 2017
Indiana was a No. 3 seed in the NIT and Georgia Tech a No. 6, but the Yellow Jackets burst out to an early 17-4 lead Tuesday. The Hoosiers cut the deficit to a single point late in the first half before Georgia Tech pushed back and carried a 34-27 advantage into intermission.
Indiana again came back, even leading 44-43 with 13:28 to play, but the Yellow Jackets pulled away for good this time. Poor shooting was the ultimate cause of Indiana’s downfall Tuesday. The Hoosiers shot only 37.9 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from 3-point range, compared to 48.2 percent and 36.8 percent for the Yellow Jackets.
Indiana received strong performances from sophomores Juwan Morgan (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Thomas Bryant (13 points, 7 rebounds) but not too much else. Guard Robert Johnson shot 1 of 8 from the field, while forward De’Ron Davis shot 0 of 6.
Georgia Tech, meanwhile, got 24 points from Josh Okogie, 19 from Tadric Jackson and 16 from Quinton Stephens.
Indiana now faces questions about the future for head coach Tom Crean, whom many consider to be on the hot seat.