Indiana bounces back for 95-85 win over Carleton

OTTAWA — Although the gym at Carleton University is a fraction of the size of what Indiana will see on the road this winter, they hang their banners with pride from the metal rafters that are quite used to supporting the memories champions.

Ten of the last 12 Canada Interuniversity Sport champions have called Carleton home and, for a young Indiana team that’s looking to use this foreign trip as a chance to grow, Monday’s game against the Ravens represented its best chance to impress on a national stage north of the border.

And, a day after the Hoosiers wilted late in a loss to Ottawa University, they came together for their best performance yet.

Indiana fixed some of the defensive miscues that cost it on Sunday, scored big early and held on late in a 95-85 win over the defending CIS champions.

Yogi Ferrell led five Hoosiers in double figures with 12 points, while James Blackmon added 19 and Nick Zeisloft finished with 14. Indiana never trailed in a game that served as both a statement of resolve and a testament to lessons learned.

“We left some things on the table (Sunday),” IU coach Tom Crean said. “We left some opportunities on the table when it was time to win the game and I think the response that our guys made of learning form one day to the next at this time of the year is truly invaluable. The win is the culmination of coming in with a really, really good mindset today.

Indiana opened the game on a 27-11 run and never trailed. The starting lineup featured a small tweak, with Devin Davis joining Ferrell, Blackmon, Zeisloft and Troy Williams in the starting five.

A day after looking a little off against Ottawa, Ferrell keyed the offense from the onset. He hit tough shots, found opponents in tight spaces and provided the steady hand that helped feed the Hoosiers an impressive win in a hostile environment.

“This was a very player-driven game,” Ferrell said. “Down the stretch, everybody in the huddle was talking, saying we didn’t want to lose this game. We didn’t want to be sad going back to the hotel. Playing a team like that is definitely going to help us in the long run when we get to the Big Ten.”

More to come.

2 comments

  1. Hey Mike,

    I heard that Stan Robinson is shooting right-handed this year. What on earth is that all about?

    Any of you coach peoples out there…have you ever coached a player to switch their shooting hand? I’ve never heard of it before.

  2. You see it every once in a while. North Carolina has a 5 star player switching hands this offseason.

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