Indiana runs past Eastern Illinois, 88-49

Thomas Bryant got the dunk, then the technical, then the roaring cheers of an Indiana fan base eager to welcome him to Bloomington.

Bryant’s explosive above-the-rim play midway through the second half was indicative of Indiana’s energy in an 88-49 runaway victory over Eastern Illinois in Friday’s season opener at Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers shot 52.5 percent, out-rebounded the Panthers 51-17 and scored 26 second-chance points. Indiana hosts Austin Peay on Monday.

In his first college game, Bryant introduced himself to IU fans with 11 points and nine rebounds. James Blackmon led all scorers with 17 points, while Yogi Ferrell added 13 points and Robert Johnson and Troy Williams each posted 12 points. Led by Bryant, five IU players had at least seven rebounds.

Most impressive, of IU’s 51 rebounds, 21 came on the offensive end.

When the Hoosiers took a 49-17 lead into halftime, Indiana’s bench had as many points as Eastern Illinois.

Bryant was at the center of the energetic Hoosier performance. When he went up for his two-handed slam at the 7:38 mark of the second half, he hung on the rim and wrapped his legs around Eastern Illinois’ Trae Anderson. After dropping to the court below, Bryant stared at Anderson and quickly picked up the technical, drawing loud cheers for the Assembly Hall crowd.

Bryant raced toward center court, where his teammates mobbed him and all five Hoosiers took in the cheers and howls of a building ready for basketball.

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was also part of the crowd, taking a seat behind the Indiana bench during the second half.

This story will be updated.


  1. So far so good. And it’s always a good sign to see our big man getting a technical for taunting (taunting a player from Eastern Illiniois!). Reminds me of last year when our team strutted their stuff during the early easy games. Crean era.

  2. Yeah, that ‘T’ might have cost us the game. I think we all miss the days of Noah Vonleh’s passionless meandering about in the paint.

    Now, we’ll have to watch it on SportsCenter over and over.

  3. Alford comments after last night’s upset in Pauley: “I did not like how we guarded” and “we did not take care of the ball” and “that falls on me.” In eight years Crean never once took responsibility. Instead he has a ton of apologists on this blog that try to spin it so it’s someone else.

    The season just started. Alford could have easily claimed they’re young. Holiday is talented but raw and Bolden did not play. He chose instead to assume responsibility something that seems to be missing from the structural makeup of Coach Happenstance. In two seasons at UCLA Alford outperformed Crean at Indiana: one tourney win and two sweet sixteens. Alford’s teams get progressively better during the season while Crean’s teams usually end the season on their knees unable to adjust as the opponents figure out the team’s impoverished strategical play.

  4. bark for sark,
    Be careful. Some people can’t handle the truth, but you are right.When things go bad it’s never Tom’s fault.

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