Ferrell Leads Indiana Past Nicholls State, 76-66
December 21, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Yogi Ferrell scored 16 points and had a season-high eight assists, and Indiana defeated Nicholls State 79-66 on Friday night.
"I thought Yogi Ferrell had an outstanding game, not only because he had eight assists but because the pace that he played at on both ends, and the way that he talked and then certainly the shooting I thought was a byproduct of that," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "I thought the fact that we had 10 assists on 15 baskets in the second half was really good.
"I thought we had some guys play the way that we need to play," added Crean. "I thought we played a lot of guys, because we knew they were going to play a lot of guys, so you're never going to get into a great rhythm."
Dantrell Thomas scored 15 of his 24 points in the first half for the Colonels (3-5), who got as close as 12 points in the second half but were 4-of-16 from 3-point range.
Indiana led 37-22 at the break, stretched the lead to 19 in the opening minutes of the second half on Sheehey's dunk, then finally made it a 20-point game when Sheehey knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 71-50 with just over 6 minutes left.
"I felt like we did a good job of getting the ball out quick when they scored and just pushing the ball and finding different outlet," said Ferrell. "We just kind of flowed really, didn't want to run too many sets, we just kind of wanted to move the ball, play inside out really.
Sheehey, made two in the Hoosiers' 16-8 spurt that took place in less than three minutes in the middle of the second half and forced a Nicholls State timeout.
The Hoosiers, who just completed their final exams on Friday, will host Kennesaw State on Sunday at noon.