IU BEATS HILLSDALE
November 5, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Hillsdale landed the first punch, but the 24th ranked Indiana men's basketball team delivered a series of body shots rallying from an early 11-point deficit to poast a 79-39 win over NCAA II Hillsdale College Monday night in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers put the Chargers in submission by holding them to 19.5 percent shooting (8-of-41) the final 33 minutes of the game.
"This team has got to learn if you're going to be great, it happens with defense and rebounding and it happens with multiple stops," said IU Coach Tom Crean. ""Our whole focus was to start to form an identity, but we didn't form it all the way."
The Chargers jumped out to a 13-2 lead with 13:21 to go on a 3-pointer by Anthony Manno. The Hoosiers then focused on getting the ball inside, playing tough pressure defense and winning the battle of the boards.
A layup by freshman Troy Williams with 8:26 to go would finish off an 11-0 run for the home team and when freshman Stanford Robinsonalso added a layup with 6:28 left to give the Hoosiers their first lead at 17-16 and they never trailed again.
IU went up 27-16 on a jumper by sophomore Jeremy Hollowell and then 29-17 on two free throws by freshman Luke Fischer with 2:18 left in the half. The Chargers scored the next seven points to make it 29-24 and then a dunk by senior Will Sheehey with 1:04 to go and a layup by Kevin Yogi Ferrellwith seven seconds remaining gave the Hoosiers a 33-24 lead at the break.
"The main thing that really changed was the communication," said Ferrell who led the Hoosiers with 14 points. "You can't leave guys on islands."
IU started the second half with an 11-2 run and Crean spent the rest of the game looking at providing some with situational experience while also looking to play as many players as possible.
Eleven players played double digit minutes and Robinson and freshman Devin Davissaw their first game action after missing the squad's first exhibition game due to injury.
Sheehey was the only other Hoosier in double figures contributing 12 points. Robinson and Williams each added nine points, freshman Noah Vonlehhad eight points and nine rebounds and Hollowell had six points, six boards and three assists.
Davis had five points and six rebounds and sophomore Austin Etherington also had five points. Sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea had four points, four boards and two blocks and freshman Luke Fischer had four points and two boards. Senior Evan Gordon had a basket and senior Jeff Howardmade a free throw.
As a team, IU shot 53.2 percent from the field and outrebounded the visitors 43-29. The Hoosiers will open the regular season this Friday night at home against Chicago State. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.