Monday, November 16, 2015

Indiana scores 102 points in rout of Austin Peay

There was a stretch of about 10 minutes in tonight's game between Indiana and Austin Peay where you almost felt like the Governors were going to keep it close. The Hoosiers had gotten out to a fast start but allowed their opponent to stick around. Austin Peay got within 7 points briefly in the second half before the Hoosiers' shots just started falling. Like... all of them started going in. For one stretch, IU fired off 15 straight made field goals en route to a 26-point victory.

By most accounts, Indiana played their game and played it well. The turnovers are still high -- 20 of them tonight -- but some turnovers are to be expected when a team plays as fast and energized as the Hoosiers do. Defense can still use some work, but again Indiana's style of play does account for high scores on the opposite end. If you can turn the ball over 20 times and give up 76 points to an OVC team and STILL win by 26, some of those negatives don't look quite as bad.

Yogi Ferrell put up some serious numbers: 22 points on 8-10 shooting (4-5 3PT), 9 assists and 6 rebounds. James Blackmon Jr. poured in 20 of his own, going 4-6 from beyond the arc. Senior Nick Zeisloft, who took just one shot in the season opener and appeared to at least dislocate a finger on his shooting hand in the first half tonight, went an impressive 5-7 from deep to finish with 15 points. Troy Williams dunked everything in sight (as soon as the highlight video is uploaded I will include it). The craziest stat of the night? Indiana, as a team, shot 81% from the field in the second half. Yeah, eighty-one.

The Hoosiers face their first tough opponent on Thursday night at Assembly Hall as the Creighton Blue Jays come to town as part of the Gavitt Tip Off games, a series between the Big Ten and Big East.

See below for Tom Crean's post-game comments.

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