Jalen Hood-Schifino stars in the Hoosiers win

WEST LAFAYETTE — Behind Jalen Hood-Schifino’s career performance, Indiana won its season series with Purdue for the first time in a decade Saturday night, winning 79-71 at Mackey Arena. Here are three reasons why:

Jalen Hood-Schifino is hanging tough

Indiana (20-9, 11-7) struggled in the first half Saturday. In front of a Feral Mackey Arena crowd, the Hoosiers got off to a slow start before digging in behind their rookie point guard.

Jalen Hood-Schifino was, by any measure, the best player on the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Not so influential, necessarily, that Zach Eddy’s gravitas gives him that distinction.

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