Blackmon finds his long-distance stroke

NEW YORK — He found the net from long range, whether in transition, off a designed play or on his bottom, sliding backwards toward the feet of Georgetown coach John Thompson III on one particular sequence in the first half.

In Saturday’s 91-87 loss to Georgetown at Madison Square Garden, James Blackmon Jr. did not carry with him the 3-point shooting slump that marred his last two weeks of play.

Rather, he was back to his usual self.

Blackmon shot 6-of-12 from beyond the arc Saturday, moving on from a skid that dated back to Indiana’s last trip to New York, a 94-74 loss to Louisville on Dec. 9. During that game, and over the three that followed, Blackmon shot a combined 3-for-19 (16 percent) from 3-point range.

“My teammates kept looking for me and gave me the confidence to shoot,” Blackmon said. “I just went back to my old ways. I know I had a couple off-shooting nights, but it was really my teammates.”

Blackmon finished with 22 points, going 7-of-17 from the field. He also played a career-high 41 minutes.

5 comments

  1. Fools Gold. IU lost the game. Not enough, though he made a few more shots. Must be having a hard time finding something to talk about…so this is my two cents worth of response. Nothing exciting going on with IU BB

  2. Blackmon is really Good and will get much better. He may have played well early but he disappeared at the end of regulation and during OT except for a shot he should not have taken (he’s a Freshman) and thus this story is very ‘nice’ but IU got beat. I’m really glad he is a Hoosier but he needs to be there when IU needs him. Though he will be, he wasn’t in this game when it mattered.

  3. JBJ had the best plus minus of the team and 4th best in the last 5 min plus ot. JBJ had a great game and shot very well.

  4. mike miller,

    why does your search the scoop archive function not work? when i click select a sport or select a month the page immediately reloads without the opportunity to select the second option. basically, i can’t read anything that isn’t on the first page of this site and there are still ongoing conversations on earlier posts.

  5. I still can’t figure this one out: “He let out a scream as he trotted up the floor in the final moments of the second half, his mouth agape and his face revealing equal parts satisfaction and relief. ”

    Then, I combined it with the other lead:

    “He found the net from long range, whether in transition, off a designed play or on his bottom, sliding backwards toward the feet of Georgetown coach John Thompson III on one particular sequence in the first half.”

    So, I combined the two, …short edit.

    “He found [it] on his bottom, sliding backwards toward the feet of Georgetown coach John Thompson III; he let out a scream as he trotted up the floor, his mouth agape and his face revealing equal parts satisfaction and relief.”

    The door read, “MSG/Men’s Room”

    There we go. “Miller’s Complaint”

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