Record night from beyond the arc lifts IU past Minnesota, 90-71

To answer Minnesota’s pressure defense, Tom Crean asked for patience.

The IU coach received it in all forms on Sunday.

The Hoosiers refused to let the Gophers’ press suffocate them, they set a school record with 18 3-pointers and outrebounded a much larger Minnesota outfit by 19 boards in a 90-71 win at Assembly Hall. In doing so, Indiana did itself a favor by embarking on its final stretch of the season with an important home win.

James Blackmon led all scorers with 24 points, while Robert Johnson and Troy Williams both added 19 points for IU, which hosts Purdue on Thursday. Yogi Ferrell added a career-high 11 assists for the Hoosiers, who host Purdue on Thursday.

Indiana finished with 18 turnovers, but the bulk of those could be blamed on indecision in the halfcourt and not Minnesota’s press. The Gophers jumped out to a 14-6 lead before the Hoosiers connected on four consecutive 3-pointers to regain ground.

Indiana led 44-38 at halftime and built its lead to as many as 19 points late in the second half, running away with its 15th win in 16 tries at home and cooling off a hot Minnesota squad that entered with wins in three of its last four games.

With Collin Hartman and Emmitt Holt dealing with two early fouls, Jordan Fuchs saw his first action since officially walking on to the team on Wednesday. Fuchs, the IU tight end-turned-forward played only two minutes to stretch IU’s bench midway through the opening half. He picked up one offensive foul while battling for rebounding leverage.

Williams went down hard while battling for an offensive rebound late in the first half, but returned to start the second.

Williams, who entered the game with only one 3-pointer on the season, went 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and hit the record-breaking 3 in the waning moments of the second half.

Blackmon and Johnson rebounded from a combined 5-for-27 shooting night at Maryland on Wednesday and shot 14-for-24 with a combined 11 3s between the two of them on Sunday.

This story will be updated.

17 comments

  1. Good win! That is the way it is suppose to be on home court. However, IU needs more quality at center and big forward to win or be somewhat dominant on road. Home court good feelings shots go down against Minnesota….not Duke, KY, Kansas, etc plus not on road….but good win.

  2. 17 turnovers against a team that is not so good defensively. Double Down; Yogi may leave but Troy needs to develop a shot other than a dunk and JBJ needs to show he can be consistent offensively ( 2 for 15 ) Thursday night isn’t going to raise the scouts eyelids. let alone open their eyes. He also needs to improve defensively 17 turnovers against Minnesota at this time of the season is NOT a good omen.

  3. If you add the final ‘t’ to all his “but this” and “but that,” only Kim Kardashian can rival a conversation in a room with more qualifying butt.

  4. The goal in basketball is to score more points than the other team in 40 minutes. Mission accomplished.
    BIG game against Purdue. Who would have thought that 6 weeks ago. Purdue is playing well and Painter is doing a nice job getting his team to grow up.
    It would be nice if we had a world class defense to go with our world class offense. But we do not. So enjoy the offense. If you look at the last few games, this team is really starting to execute, even when things are not going as planned (Michigan and Maryland). When the shots are dropping, Katie bar the door.

    It is a roller coaster ride. Lets see if we can hold serve and then pick up a couple of VERY winnable road wins. 5-0 is a great finish and a nice seed. 4-1 is a very strong finish. 3-2 gets us into the dance. 2-3 and we are maybe in a play in game. 1-4 and we are out.

    The story of this season remains to be told. We are getting healthier and stronger up front.

    We might struggle and flop in the B1G and NCAAs. We might make the sweet sixteen and be a top 10 preseason team next year. Fun to be a FAN of the Hoosiers.

  5. Purdue is no threat….Purdue has @Indiana, @ OSU, and @MSU as their three remaining away games. They then face a season finale game against an Illini team that will battle their asses off in a scramble to build any hopes for the committee to give them a look….

    Indiana has the sweetest schedule left in the conference…Early in the month, I pointed out how the back half set up very favorably for Indiana. This game could have been a stumble because a Sunday night could have made for a very flat outing with a less than normally very ruckus weekend crowd….

    Hope we left some blowout payback in the tank and some more of that hot shooting for Thursday night…..Purdue is very aware of their road ahead…Their record may look ever-so-slightly better at the moment, but PeeU’s nightmare remaining schedule puts their backs far more against the wall. Let’s give them that needed push down the slope..

  6. It was good to see Williams hit both of his 3-point shots tonight. If he gets that down, he’ll really cause problems for the opponents’ defense. Really good win tonight, and I loved the rebounding effort. But we still make far too many stupid/careless turnovers.

  7. IU needs to demonstrate that it can produce that kind of performance in a hostile arena. Then it will have proven that it has reached another level. We came close at Maryland, but the shots from two of our freshman shooters were not falling that night.

    22 regular season wins looks likely, but it could be 23. Not bad for such a young team without a true center.

  8. awesome game. jeez, hit 18-32 3’s and you’ll beat any team in the country, including kentucky. troy hitting? can you imagine how good he can be if he adds that to his game? hello nba. glad i was so wrong about this game. for the first time this season i fell good about our chances of going to the dance. like spanky said, when we’re shooting like that, katie bar the door.

  9. Troy has always had good shot….Good rotation on the ball…Did you watch the ball do that beautiful whiplash thing in the net that is indicative of wonderful backspin and pure release? Hell, he just needed a bit of confidence….But when it comes to the explosiveness and the instant impact/dyanmics he brings(sneaky quick and nearly impossible to guard when in slashing mode and on put-backs), he’s better than Dipo …Just unbelievably fun to watch….Doesn’t play hunched over, as well..

    JBJ off your sh** list for the moment, coachv? That’s sweet of you.

  10. yes he is because he took my advice and stopped pushing his right shoulder forward through his release. problem solved. you’re welcome

  11. 18 3s going down looks very good when you shoot 32 of them. We just as easily could’ve hit 10, taking 24 off the board and losing. They went down and we move one step closer to going 6 – 0 down the stretch. Certainly an epic night of shooting.

    I must also congratulate Blackmon for not only hitting 3s but he was very active on D and the boards as well. I’m not sure what comes first, the shots going down lead to him playing elsewhere OR vice versa, but last night I even saw him guard a guy at least twice. Even Bardo uttered these words “James Blackmon with a tremendous defensive play right thereā€¦.” I think that was a first this season to hear those words in the same sentence. Kudos to Blackmon last night, I’ve been a big critic of his effort, and he seemed to have it last night.

    For the life of me, I cannot figure out the lack of Holt time. The kid has a knack for the ball and seems to me to do the right things. He’s FAR more valuable than Perea. I’d love to see a Holt, Williams and Devin Davis front line next year with Hartmann coming off the bench.

    And so we move to Purdue. A must win. We are better and must prove it or else they are the clear tournament favorite vs. us when the bubbles go bursting.

  12. Thursday’s game is far more the “must win” for Purdue than Indiana….PeeU still has to go on the road to OSU and MSU..They play Illinois in their season finale at home(far from easy because Illinois will likely have a lot at stake).

    But I do like your “must win” way of thinking…It is a big game, indeed….Not only do we help our own cause greatly with a win, but a loss for Purdue will also make things more difficult for MSU and OSU…Purdue losing to Indiana makes the OSU and MSU games truly “must wins” for the Boilers…They’ll be fighting for their life with plenty chance to take down two teams currently above us that we are jostling for position and hopeful to overtake(if not both, at least one)…

    Other than Wisconsin taking the crown, it’s going to be a dog fight for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th. It’s completely wide open…

    Hope the Assembly Hall crowd continues to be the best sixth man in all of college hoops and inspires our guys to not have any sort of letdown….Hard to imagine a letdown against PU….But I still think Purdue has their backs far more against the wall with some very tough games on the road.

Comments are closed.