After a sluggish start, the Hoosiers ran away from MSM.
As expected, the Hoosiers bounced back from their first loss of the season with a blowout, 93-54 win over Mount St. Mary's. IU led wire to wire, but the Mountaineers were within a point at the 10 minute mark and within four points at the 5:39 mark. IU finished the first half with a 16-3 run and then began the first half outscoring MSM 26-8 in the first ten minutes of the second half. The Mountaineers were pretty effective offensively in the first ten minutes, but ultimately shot only 31 percent from the field compared to 70 percent from IU. I've been watching college basketball for a while, and I'm hard pressed to recall a nearly forty percent spread in shooting percentage. MSM came into the game allowing 62 percent shooting from two point range, and IU managed to exceed that. MSM came in as a team that presses and forces a bunch of turnovers, and they were effective at that, forcing IU into a turnover percentage of 26.5, IU's second-highest of the past two seasons. Everywhere else, the story was pretty happy. IU scored 1.3 points per possession, the third-highest output of the season, and allowed only .76. IU boarded 45 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities and allowed MSM only 18 percent. It wasn't a perfect performance, and the slow start was a bit troubling, but it was a win.
Individual performances of note:
- Cody Zeller led the way with a 16 point, 6 rebound performance that inclued 7-9 shooting from the field.
- Will Sheehey tied Zeller for the team lead with 16 points on 6-9 shooting.
- Jordan Hulls scored only 8 points but was perfect shooting, making 3-3 shots, including 2-2 from three point range.
- Good Watford was in evidence with 15 points, including 3-5 from three point range.
- Victor Oladipo scored 14 points on 5-7 shooting and had 5 boards and three steals, but a team high 5 turnovers.
- Yogi Ferrell scored 8 points and was 3-5 shooting, including 1-3 from three point range. He also had 9 assists and only 2 of IU's 19 turnovers.
- Hanner Mosquera-Perea saw his first extended minutes, 10. He wasn't a disaster, but also looked a bit tentative with the ball and did not score.
- Jeremy Hollowell did not play after playing only three minutes against Butler. I have no idea what to make of that.
- Jeff Howard saw some non-garbage time minutes. I have no idea what to make of that, either.
- Derek Elston played for the first time this season and scored two points in nine minutes.
- Maurice Creek missed the game with an unspecified foot injury. He was not dressed and apparently had a boot on his foot. That's unfortunate.
IU now has a fairly quick turnaround. The Hoosiers play Florida Atlantic Friday night before a week off. They play Jacksonville on the 28th and then finally open Big Ten play on the afternoon of New Year's Eve. The next two opponents are rated even lower than MSM, so they won't tell us much about the team. The Hoosiers will be 12-1 when they open the Big Ten at Iowa. Stay tuned.