In a game-turning segment in the second half, one steal by Stephens and two by Jackson on four consecutive Hoosiers possessions turned into seven points, pushing Tech from a 51-48 lead to a 58-50 advantage at the 8:33 mark. The Jackets’ lead was never less than five the rest of the way.
Center Ben Lammers, the ACC’s defensive player of the year, was up to form with five blocks and 11 rebounds (eight defensive). Often on the backline of Tech’s 1-3-1 zone, Lammers helped limit Indiana to 43.6 percent shooting on two-point shots, more than 10 percentage points below the Hoosiers’ season average.
Tech will advance to play a second-round matchup against the winner of the Georgia-Belmont first-round matchup on Wednesday in Athens. The date and time have yet to be scheduled. It would be in Athens if the Bulldogs win and at Tech should the Bruins win.