Indiana runs past overmatched Savannah State, 95-49

They sensed the finality of this game by halftime and, five minutes into the second half, Indiana’s student section asked coach Tom Crean to empty his bench.

“WE WANT PRILLER!” they chanted. “WE WANT PRILLER!”

With his team ahead by 45 points in the waning minutes, Crean obliged.

Seeing fan favorite Tim Priller, one of the last men on IU’s bench, take the floor was one of the highlights for the Hoosiers’ vocal student section on a night when Indiana wholly and completely outclassed Savannah State in a 95-49 blowout victory at Assembly Hall.

James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell each scored a team-best 18 points for Indiana, which also received double-figure scoring efforts from Troy Williams (12) and Robert Johnson (10). The Hoosiers shot 57 percent (31-for-54) and hit 10 3-pointers in the win. They outrebounded the Tigers 42-24 and finished with 21 assists against 14 turnovers.

The game started with plenty of mistakes between both sides, but turned in Indiana’s favor over the final 12 minutes of the first half. The Hoosiers closed the half on an 26-5 run over the final nine minutes, taking a 43-17 lead into the intermission. Savannah State had only two baskets in their final 23 possessions of the first half.

Savannah State’s 17 points at halftime were the fewest for an IU opponent since the Hoosiers held Iowa to 14 on March 2, 2013.

The Tigers, who scored only 26 total points in a loss to Louisville two weeks ago, entered play as one of the least effective offensive teams in the nation. That certainly stood to be true on Saturday, when Savannah State shot only 32 percent (18-for-56).

Demarcus Bryant led SSU with 14 points.

14 Hoosiers saw the floor, including reserve guard Stan Robinson, who had his best night of the season. Robinson finished with seven points and five assists in 13 minutes, overcoming a sloppy start and looking to make the extra pass as the situation fit.

Indiana received 35 points from its bench and scored 38 points in the paint. Next for IU is a date with No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

8 comments

  1. Only quibble.
    How do you only play Holt for 11 minutes?
    What he brings is very clear.
    Should have played at least 20 before the Ville game.

  2. The big test will be Tuesday night at MSG!! This will tell us where the Hoosiers are as far has how good they can be in big time games!! If we had Zeller iu wins by 15!! Cuz for them it would be pick your poison stop big Z or get burned out front by our shoots

  3. What a great win! Savanna State is tough well coached and a great prep game for our Louisville game. Louisville is elite. They picked the right coach to bring them back from the cellar. Man I love mediocrity. Can’t wait to hang that 8th place finish banner in the hall next year. This is what IU basketball is all about.

  4. I hear you Elite. Maybe we should have scheduled that powerhouse program NJIT. Looks like that would have been a challenge.

  5. I agree DC. Holt playing so little is not a good sign. It’s ragher baffling to be honest. But then again Crean has been doing baffling things for years so I am kinda numb to it now

  6. No homer calls at MSG!!! I’m pumped to watch this game tomorrow. I really enjoyed the Hoosiers as they destroyed a lacking in big-man Pitt. I love to watch IU basketball away from Assembly Hall because you can see a basketball game….much like when Wisconsin played Duke….that was real basketball and thrilling.

    Go Big Red!

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