Indiana returns to basketball in 94-70 exhibition win over Northwood

James Blackmon Jr. scored a game-high 26 points, Nick Zeisloft added 24 and Indiana defeated Northwood 94-70 in its exhibition opener Thursday at Assembly Hall.

Five players — all starters — finished in double figures for the Hoosiers, who picked up a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds from Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

For at least a couple hours, Indiana was able to put a turbulent week of off-the-court issues behind it and simply play the game. Assembly Hall was perhaps only half full when Thursday’s exhibition tipped off shortly after 7 o’clock, with those in attendance offering a mixture of cheers and boos for IU coach Tom Crean at the end of the Hoosiers’ pregame introductions.

There was little to applaud through much of the first half, as Indiana captured only one lead until Yogi Ferrell put the Hoosiers ahead permanently on a layup with 6:06 remaining before halftime. Indiana led 38-33 at the break.

Indiana dressed 11 players, with only nine available. Max Hoetzel and Jeremiah April did not play due to injury. As those injuries and suspensions to Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson and Emmitt Holt pile up, Crean was forced to go even smaller than he would have hoped.

The IU coach started Blackmon, Ferrell, Robert Johnson, Nick Zeisloft and Mosquera-Perea, going with a lineup that struggled initially against a similarly small Division II opponent.

Indiana’s bench did not score until Tim Priller banked in a 3-pointer with a minute left in the game.

Indiana box score:
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This story will be updated.

2 comments

  1. I was at the game with my son. I was pleasantly surprised there were no boos to be heard. The crowd was pathetic. I loved how together the boys were on the court. Zeisloft is a leader and Blackmon amazing. Hope for no injuries and the 3 ball goes down. I can see this team being better than last years.

  2. Place seemed more than half full, but then I was sitting next to the band. Neat atmosphere for an exhibition game. First half was kind of messy but second belonged to IU. Hanner did not look like a bull in a china shop, or whatever that saying is. Well a couple of times maybe. Handled the boards pretty good. Forgot how smooth Yogi is. None of the guys looked lost or overwhelmed. Defense broke down a number of times. Really impressed with Robert Johnson, hit some shots and a couple of nice fast break passes. Tim Priller looked aggressive, provided help defense and overall looked comfortable. Nick Zeisloft is proving to be a nice addition. He’s going to have some big games. Foul fest by Northwood. Blackmon is gooood.
    Crean substitutions – Not sure how many but they did not seem to adversely affect game rhythm. Hate the reason, but really good for some of these guys to get a bunch of game minutes. Don’t believe the game tonight illustrated in any way how they will compete with higher quality teams, but as guys are added back on the team – guess we’ll find out. Missed the introductions. 16 minutes at the window to get my ticket, due to a “snag”. One suggestion. Remember where you park. Heck of a walk around all the parking lots. Memo to self – use the same door to exit as to enter. Otherwise enjoyed the experience.

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