Jackson-Davis made 11 of 17 from the field for the Hoosiers (11-3, 2-2 Big Ten), who went on a 13-0 run while holding Ohio State without a field goal for more than five minutes.
“I expect him to play like that,” Indiana coach Mike Woodson said. “He’s shown he can do that. I was harsh on him more than anybody else. We know he can score.”
Jackson-Davis said Woodson told him he needed to rebound harder after Sunday’s loss at Penn State.
“I thought I needed to play harder all across the board,” Jackson-Davis said. “He’s not going to call me out of every aspect of my game. But I got the message loud and clear. He and I have the relationship. He can call me out in front of whoever he wants. I’m going to prove him wrong and bring it the next game.”
Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) reacts after his team defeated Ohio State in an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
Race Thompson was the only other Hoosiers player in double figures with 11 points.
Malaki Branham led the Buckeyes (9-3, 3-1) with 13 points, and E.J. Liddell scored 11.
Ohio State was held to 30.8% shooting and committed 15 turnovers, including five in the last 6:41. The Hoosiers held a 41-33 rebounding edge.
“They controlled the game offensively and defensively,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “Give Indiana credit, they really played well. We have to figure out a better plan of attack. Their defense is as good as we thought it would be. We missed some open shots, too.”
Holtmann said Jackson-Davis’s ability to play on the back line was disruptive.
“They controlled the paint both offensively and defensively,” Holtmann said. “E.J. got bodied and knocked off a couple of his shots. He’s got to play through to score the ball. We have to find ways to put him in better shots.”
Indiana shot 41% but made only 2 of 15 3-point attempts. The Hoosiers held a 38-10 edge in points in the paint.
Ohio State kept it close for much of the second half, and Meechie Johnson Jr.’s 3-pointer cut Indiana’s lead to 52-48 with 6:41 left. But Ohio State only made one basket the rest of the game.
“It’s frustrating when you can’t score,” Holtmann said. “We missed some open shots, but we weren’t able to impose ourselves on drives. We have work on film and clean up.”
Xavier Johnson hit a pull-up jumper with 5 seconds left in the first half to give the Hoosiers a 33-30 lead. That was his only basket of the game. Jackson-Davis scored 16 points in the first half.
“It was a total team effort,” Woodson said. “We were little down after we got back from Penn State. There was a little pushing to get them to erase that loss. We were able to rebound from it. I thought this was the best game we played all season in terms how we defended and how the ball moved offensively.”
Ohio State: Former Indiana player Joey Brunk, who sat out last season with the Hoosiers after back surgery, scored six points, all in the first half.
Indiana: Trey Galloway returned to action for the first time since breaking his left wrist on Nov. 17. He had eight points and two steals. “We knew that he was a piece that was missing,” Woodson said.
The Buckeyes with likely drop several spots after a 16-point loss to an unranked foe, although Indiana was a one-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Ohio State: Hosts Northwestern on Sunday.
Indiana: Hosts Minnesota on Sunday.