The Indiana Hoosiers hosted the Grand Canyon Antelopes Saturday evening. The Hoosiers were coming off a tough defeat against Louisville, only their second of the season, and were looking to bounce back at Assembly Hall. Grand Canyon is favored to win the Western Athletic Conference this year, especially with the help of their number one recruit Dewayne Russell, who made his debut against the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers played the game like many others this year, from behind the arc. They shot 20 three-pointers in the 1st half, only netting 7. Their overall shooting in the 1st half was almost dismal, going 15-40 from the floor. That is 50% of shots coming from behind the arc, and very dangerous game planning from Tom Crean. The Hoosiers did however dominate the glass, outrebounding Grand Canyon 29-18 and gathering 11 offensive rebounds. This led to the extra six chances the Hoosiers had over the Antelopes (40-34), which resulted in an 11-point lead, 42-31.
Four Hoosiers recorded 6 points in the 1st half (junior Yogi Ferrell, sophomore Troy Williams, junior transfer Nick Zeisloft and sophomore Collin Hartman), but freshman James Blackmon Jr. led with 7. Zeisloft and Blackmon had 6 rebounds apiece as well. The Antelope’s Dewayne Russell’s 14 points in the 1st half led all scoring however.
The Hoosiers had some questions to answer about their 1st half play, and boy did they answer them. Tom Crean’s boys opened up the 1st half with a 10-4 run and didn’t look back. That problem with their field goal percentage? As my Italian-American-Growin’-Up-In-Jersey Aunt says… “Forget about it!” They shot over 50% in the 2nd half and scored over 50 points. They cut back on the three balls and had 15 of their 18 2nd half field goals come from inside the arc. Tom Crean even stepped on the court to break up a fight toward the end of the game. Final score, 94-66 Indiana Hoosiers.
Blackmon finished the game with 18 points, just shy of his 19 points-per-game average, which leads all freshman across the country. Zeisloft and junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea each had 7 rebounds and Troy Williams had 8. Mosquera-Perea was dominant in the post as he picked up 8 points and made 3/5 free throws. Williams driving ability was on display, finishing 5 times at the rim and drawing three fouls (4/6 free throws).
Not much to see here people, move along, move along. The Hoosiers had a shaky 1st half despite leading by 11, but they killed any doubts with their dominant 2nd half display. Mosquera-Perea continues to dominate when he is the biggest man on the floor. He rarely takes a poor shot and has been able to lead the B1G Conference in field goal percentage so far this season. Crean has them team running pretty smoothly and they seem to handle their business when they are expected too. Another win at home for the Hoosiers, which brings their record to 8-2. Indiana’s next game is in Indianapolis at a neutral site against the #15 ranked in-state rival Butler Bulldogs.