Indiana runs away with 84-54 win at Rutgers #iubb

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The sloppiness that could have doomed Indiana at a place like this was soon mitigated by the futility of the Big Ten’s worst team.

From there, the run-and-gun Hoosiers took over.

There were few opportunities for Rutgers to catch up to Indiana once it matched stops with baskets in a 84-54 win Sunday at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Hoosiers (19-9, 9-6) held the Scarlet Knights (10-18, 2-13) to 37 percent shooting from the field, while finishing with four players in double figures.

Indiana’s two-game road swing continues Wednesday at Northwestern. Rutgers, meanwhile, has now lost 11 consecutive games.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea finished with a career-high 13 points, James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell each scored 17 points and Nick Zeisloft added 13 points for IU.

A flurry of first-half turnovers held Indiana back before it buckled in, forced stops and scored at will. The teams combined for 16 turnovers, including nine of them from the Hoosiers in the first 13 minutes of the opening period. From that point, IU cleaned it up and began to pull away.

Indiana matched a 9-0 run with six consecutive Rutgers turnovers to take a 23-16 lead at the under-8 media timeout.

By halftime that lead was up to 40-30, and the Hoosiers used another 9-0 run in the first 3:30 of the half to pull away for good. That spurt was part of a greater 17-3 run that buried the Scarlet Knights.

Mosquera-Perea stayed out of foul trouble for his first 13 minutes on the floor, before picking up two quick fouls in the second half, including one on an apparent block. The junior forward made his second consecutive start and finished with five rebounds and a career-best 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line.

Ferrell made the offense move in the first half, posting a game-high six assists. He began to take over in the second half, when he scored 12 of his points by charging at the rim.

Rutgers center Greg Lewis scored a team-high 13 points for the Scarlet Knights, who shot only 10-of-25 from the free throw line.

IU coach Tom Crean played all 15 players who were available, including 6-foot-11 freshman Jeremiah April, who had not seen the floor since Dec. 9.

This story will be updated.

12 comments

  1. I was wondering for a while, who Troy Williams was really playing for. His head was square up his own derriere tonight. He is listed as having 2 TOs, but he literally lost the ball on 3 consecutive trips.

    One thing is for sure…..this team keeps playing like it plays every 40 minutes. It doesn’t matter…up 5, down 5, up 20, down 20, the shots just keep raining down prolifically. It is truly the NBA in its developmental form. Yawn.

  2. Williams gets the ball slapped away from behind more than any player I’ve ever seen. He should not be allowed to take the ball down the floor. I’m also noticing that he’s a slow starter, prone to make a lot of mistakes in the first three or four minutes of a game. Great athlete, though.

  3. I know it was mop-up time, but I was pleasantly surprised from what I saw in Jeremiah April……I never got a glimpse of the few minutes he took to floor very early in the season…April is not nearly as undeveloped as I expected. I wouldn’t be shocked if this young man turns into a hell of a post player. …I actually thought he was going to be a shoelace tripper…Not the case at all. Moves extremely well…Had a bit of a presence and comfort level on the floor that I didn’t expect. Maybe more minutes would have exposed more weaknesses. Nonetheless, there looked to be natural instincts/elements in his repertoire that are nearing something special to blossom…Crean does seem to have the ability to see very early something of “it factor” and a growing synthesis of skills existing in the latent stages of true potential; a prospect just on the edge of bursting onto the scene and crossing over from the mysterious realm of only glimpses of a springtime in store for an exceptional talent from unassuming bud.

    Wade and Oladipo….and Troy Williams are the obvious fast blooms…But we shouldn’t ignore just how many doubtful eyes were on guys like Hartman and Ferrell….I doubt many of us thought Yogi would be this good…And I remember countless bloggers that called Hartman a wasted scholarship… And for all Stan Robinson’s issues, there are moments he still appears to have a ton of potential simply struggling through its awkward budding stage before great colors and full flowering to quickly come……It’s Crean’s recruiting eye for these rare stars in dormancy that may be his greatest gift….It can’t be coincidence…He identifies where other coaches simply don’t notice the beauty or remain unimpressed and unaware the synthesis of greatness on the horizon..

    On a different note….Really like how Chuck Martin interacts with the players within the teaching moments a game…Caught a nice glimpse of him sitting next to Yogi in the latter stages of the game last night. Just a momentary shot from the camera pointed at our bench as Martin put his arm around Ferrell’s shoulder as if it were in reassurance and thanks his heart and effort… There were no words spoken…I think we got a real upgrade in our newest assistant coach…

  4. H4H, Many times I cannot finish a post of yours because they are filled with your vintage creative meandering strain but your thoughts in #3 emulate mine to a T. Your observation of April’s, HP’s and Stan’s minutes and Asst. Martins sideline actions are some of the most positive I’ve seen this year in regards to the programs future. Crean has limits but some of his best talent is upper echelon. 1 thing that does bother me a lot as we get to the mature part of this season is their is no PG committed for the near future to work behind Yogi next season. Although RJ is not a bad replacement. Again in my book #3 is a good evaluation.

  5. Really good commentary H4H. April was surprisingly agile & moved & positioned himself well. He needs a few more minutes, if only to spell Perea. I still think Holt needs more too.

    Stan has shown some progress lately, in the last 3 games. He’s defending very well & taking care of the ball. I was on his butt a month ago but he’s earned some time.

    Remember when Troy got benched to be the 6th man in an earlier game? He came in to have a career game. Maybe THAT is the answer to his bad starts.

  6. Maybe, April’s minutes signal Crean’s intention to keep him on the roster next year (as compared to encouraging him to transfer as was recently speculated)? Maybe, we’ll see more of him in the remainder of this season, especially if Hartman’s injury keeps him off the court for a while (I hope he’s O.K.)? I remember watching video of April from last year and thinking, “this young man has some athletic ability and he’s certainly no stiff.” It would be great to see him develop into a productive center for IU. Goodness knows we need a true big in the paint, especially on defense.

  7. Perhaps TW is another John Laskowski. Las was good enough to start but preferred coming off the bench after getting a “feel” of the game; and he was usually on the floor at the end of a game.

  8. Now that JBJ has found his stroke, I guess it is time to throw Troy Williams under the bus?

    Troy needs to work on his ball handling, no doubt. It is the weakest part of this game. But come off the bench? Only internet commenters can come up with this kind of logic.

    Troy as a Soph is averaging fewer TOs than our current stellar PG was in his Soph season (2.3 – 2.6).

    Troy has improved tremendously this season and he is a major asset to this team. In fact, it could be argued, that Indiana is a much easier to team to defend when Troy is out of the game (regardless of whether he has the ball or not).

  9. DD, that’s obviously an irrelevant stat because a point guard handles the ball a lot more than a #3 handles the ball. Williams is a great talent and provides enormous energy. But he needs to be prohibited from dribbling the ball down the floor and he needs to be more careful handling the ball during the first three minutes of the game. It’s as if he’s too excited at the start of the game and needs a longer on-ramp to the start of a game in order to burn off some of that adrenaline.

  10. Indiana is an exponentially much easier team to defend without Troy Williams on the floor…The biggest crime that’s a plus in our favor is that Troy remains somewhat under the radar…It’s incredible that he has yet to get attention on mock draft boards.

    We go absolutely nowhere in the NCAA tournament(assuming we don’t collapse and fail to get in) without the dynamic threat he brings in explosiveness, elusiveness along the baseline, and outright energy…..Vastly the most improved player on the floor… He’s tall…He dribbles considerably much higher than guards…Mishaps and swats at the ball will happen in traffic.

    I think it’s mainly focus issues.. But you have to gamble a bit to make some of those spectacular timing plays and give-and-go’s…Do you attempt to dial back that energy? I don’t….I’ll gladly suffer through a few lulls in his focus than to give up the tremendous element of attention he garners from defenses that simply must go nuts keeping him in check and off the rim….

  11. Po, that’s not obviously an irrelevant stat. What a lazy and broad-brush stroked statement. PGs handle the ball more for sure, but the reasons behind the turnovers are more important. Yogi last year wasn’t a great shooter and tried to create a lot out of nothing. He paid for it. The personnel this year has improved around him, but his work ethic and experience has produced better court vision and a vastly improved jump shot. So, TOs in his junior year are way down.

    I’m not excusing Troy’s ball handling issues. He leads this year’s team in TOs. It isn’t just ball handling, but the way he tries to create offense out of nothing (like Yogi did last year). But Troy provides WAY more to this team than just “energy” and “talent.” He is also our leading rebounder (by just about a board-and-a-half) and third leading scorer. He’s also our most efficient scorer.

    He’s not a complete player yet, but you’re going to get this trade off and no option of the bench is better than an incomplete Troy. What he is good at is much better than his downside. Calls for making him a 6th man are silly.

    A pillar of Crean’s offense is the fast break and running in transition. Until Crean changes that philosophy, or you get a new coach, Troy is going to have to handle the ball.

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