Indiana runs past Alcorn State, 112-70

James Blackmon scored a career-high 33 points in Indiana’s 112-70 win over Alcorn State on Monday at Assembly Hall.

The Braves, the fourth-lowest rated team in college basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, gave the Hoosiers an opponent to test their legs against after a three-game run in Hawaii last week. Offensively, there wasn’t much of a challenge for IU, which connected on 15 3-pointers and shot 67 percent from the field.

Defense was another matter for Indiana.

Alcorn State, which averaged 59.8 points over its first five games this season, had little trouble getting to the rim and scored 38 of its points in the paint. The Braves also finished with 15 offensive rebounds and posted 14 second-chance points.

Indiana started on a 12-0 run before Alcorn State called timeout three minutes into the game. That lead ballooned to as many as 18 points midway through the first half before the issues that plagued IU’s trip to Maui reappeared in Bloomington.

The Hoosiers committed four turnovers over the next six minutes, and allowed Alcorn State to cut its deficit to nine points. By that point, only a 3-pointer by James Blackmon Jr. was enough to quiet the boos from the sparse crowd at Assembly Hall.

Indiana led 53-34 at halftime, an advantage devalued by the fact that those 34 points were the most first-half points the Braves had scored in six games this season.

After scoring 30 total points over three games at the Maui Invitational, Blackmon had 24 of IU’s first-half points.

Indiana, which entered play averaging 17.5 turnovers per game, finished with 12 errors on Monday. Yogi Ferrell and Thomas Bryant each scored 13 points for IU, which travels to No. 7 Duke Wednesday for a 9:15 p.m. tip-off in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

This story will be updated.


  1. I could care less about this game. Let’s see how we do @ Duke on Wed., almost an impossible task for ANY IU team in my lifetime. Paragraph #4 of this article says it all. Just wait until the Duke kids find all that fresh paint……this pending matchup, and our collective fear about what might happen, is how far we’ve fallen from the realm of elite college basketball.

    As I chronicled repeatedly last year, and the year before that, and the year before that…..our perimeter defense is THE primary defensive problem. When opponent guards drive by our guards at will, which they do all to often, there is no inside presence that can now guard that guy plus the guy or two that are also on the block. Shaq, Kareem, Mutumbo, Olajuwan, Benson….name the big man who wouldn’t foul out playing the 2nd line of defense with our guards. It’s a good old fashioned bull fight out there on the porous perimenter. Ole’.

    Grayson Allen vs. any of our guards is a mismatch. He’s smart, gritty and quick. And their big guy underneath is going to crush the rim. I hope they have extra backboards on hand to survive the repeated hanging and forceful dunking.

  2. a lot of people have been stating that we are not a top echelon basketball team. Against Duke we will see just exactly where we stand.

    I was at Alcorn State and they gave us problems on the glass until they tired. I checked and Duke has depth in the front court.

    I am absolutely pumped to watch our team battle against Duke, at Duke! Drama!!!!

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