Indiana 71, Mississippi Valley State 54


Indiana’s Christian Watford drives against Mississippi Valley State’s Orlando Smith. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Indiana won a third-straight game for the first time under coach Tom Crean, defeating Mississippi Valley State 71-54 on Tuesday.

Once again, Christian Watford led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

But it’s a team game, and two numbers — 32 points off turnovers, and 32 points from the bench — stand out.

Indiana forced 23 Mississippi Valley State turnovers, to its own 17.

Freshmen Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo led the bench with nine points each.

The Hoosiers are 3-0 despite getting combined 4-of-18 shooting, 1-of-8 from beyond the arc, from Maurice Creek and Verdell Jones during Tuesday’s game.

Only one player scored in double figures.

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  1. Definitely pleased with the balance of the offense in this game. In the last two years if VJIII was not scoring, it would be tough for IU to beat anyone.

    Watford’s growth this past offseason is impressive.

    Hulls is slowly coming into his own. Some of his play tonight reminded me of watching his AAU highlights with the Indiana Elite squad. A constant motor and excellent passing.

    I am curious to know the severity of Elston’s injury. We need him.

    While some may disagree, I think the level of competition for these early games is conducive for this type of team.


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