Indiana closes exhibition schedule with 76-63 win over UIndy

There is little flash to Collin Hartman and Robert Johnson, but together they are exactly what Indiana needs.

Johnson posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, Hartman filled a valuable role as the Hoosiers’ sixth man and both complemented Indiana’s core of shooters in a 76-63 exhibition win over Indianapolis Monday at Assembly Hall.

IU opens the regular season Friday against Mississippi Valley State.

Led by a team-high 19 points by Yogi Ferrell, four players scored in double figures for Indiana. James Blackmon Jr. and Hanner Mosquera-Perea each added 14 points.

Johnson was both efficient as a shooter (6-for-6, including two 3-pointers) and aggressive on the floor, adding three assists and a steal. Hartman, who suffered an ACL injury following the Big Ten Tournament, was IU’s first man off the bench for the second consecutive game. He scored eight points, but perhaps more importantly added a presence to the floor while he was in the game. Hartman finished with two rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 18 minutes.

Much like their exhibition opener against Northwood, the Hoosiers conceded first-half momentum to their opponent. The Greyhounds led for the first 16 minutes of the night, building that lead with a steady dose of passes into their interior early in the game.

That momentum turned following a dunk by UIndy forward Joe Lawson, who slammed the ball through the goal and hung onto the rim long enough to draw a technical foul with 7:37 left in the half.

Nick Zeisloft hit both free throws on the other end, setting in motion a 22-0 scoring run to close the first half. Indiana led 42-28 at halftime and built that advantage to as many as 20 points late in the second half.

Indianapolis out-rebounded Indiana 41-35, including 22 offensive rebounds. There was one sequence over the final 20 minutes that produced three straight offensive boards for the Greyhounds.

Mosquera-Perea fell into early foul trouble, picking up two personals through the first five minutes. But IU coach Tom Crean allowed him to play through it and Mosquera-Perea responded with another fine performance, adding eight rebounds. He did not commit another foul for the remainder of the game.

4 comments

  1. On another note, looks like UIndy could have a pretty good team this year. They have some size in the middle which is a benefit in D2 and some guys that can shoot pretty good from the outside. My daughter goes to UIndy and we will have to check out a few games. They could be fun to watch.

  2. wow. never have i heard it so quiet in here after a basketball game. the season starts in two days and only crickets?

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