Blackmon sparks Indiana to 94-66 win over Grand Canyon

He reversed an uneven first-half shooting effort almost single-handedly, darting through a porous Grand Canyon defense and pulling up from deep.

When Indiana wanted — and needed — to pull away, it went to James Blackmon Jr.

The freshman guard scored seven of Indiana’s first 10 points of the second half to help the Hoosiers run away with a 94-66 victory over the Antelopes Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Blackmon scored a team-high 18 points for Indiana, which heads into a six-day layoff for final exams with an 8-2 record and a game with Butler looming Saturday in the Crossroads Classic. Indiana committed only four turnovers, the fewest of the Tom Crean era.

Indiana dominated an outmatched and undersized Grand Canyon outfit, outrebounding the Antelopes 52-35. The Hoosiers pulled down 21 offensive rebounds, but scored only 16 second-chance points. IU shot only 38 percent in the first half, while going 7-for-20 from 3-point range over the first 20 minuts. It’s shooting misfortune was reversed in the second half, shooting 51 percent (18-of-35) from the field and posting 30 points under the basket.

Troy Williams added 14 points, while Hanner Mosquera-Perea scored 11.

After building its lead to as many as 14 points midway through the first half, Indiana never allowed its advantage to inch any closer than eight points on two occasions. The second of which came in the final two minutes, when Indiana answered on the other end with a 3-pointer from Collin Hartman to boost its lead back to double digits.

Indiana led 42-31 at halftime and shot 6-of-7 from the field in the first five minutes of the second. The Hoosiers scored 27 points in the first nine minutes of the second period to cruise to their eighth win.

There were instances of both the good and bad versions of Williams, who used the mismatch in size and length to his advantage. He finished with eight rebounds and showed poise driving and kicking out to open shooters on the wings. Williams finished with zero turnovers.

4 comments

  1. I did not even know that Grand Canyon was a University, let alone had a Men’s Basketball Team.

    Perhaps a future schedule (perhaps next year?) could include I.U. playing an “all-star” team of SPH players, or…to make in interesting and more competitive, perhaps a competition could be held where all basketball players (including women) from Bloomington (SPH, SRSC, YMCA, Bryan Park, Church-League) could compete to form a squad to play the Hoosiers!

  2. I am very much looking forward to I.U. playing Butler and Georgetown!!! And am hoping the Hoosiers can pull off the upset!!

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