Big 1st half helps IU to 73-62 win in exhibition finale

For the better part of Monday’s first half, Indiana appeared mindful of the ways a vigorous defensive approach can feed its offense this season.

Channeling that attention for 40 minutes seems to be the next step in the Hoosiers’ ongoing defensive development.

Indiana held Bellarmine scoreless over an eight-minute stretch midway through the first half, creating enough early separation to run away with a 73-62 win over the Division II Knights in Monday night’s exhibition finale at Assembly Hall.

Yogi Ferrell led IU with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Troy Williams added 20 points and eight boards.

The Hoosiers produced enough stops, rebounds and hustle plays to shut down Bellarmine over an 18-0 first-half run, but IU’s second-half effort was more reminiscent of a team still trying to find its footing defensively or otherwise.

Though Indiana built a 35-20 halftime lead, it began settling for contested 3s late in the half. It was a somewhat detached approach that carried over to the second half, with Bellarmine outscoring IU 42-38 over the final 20 minutes.

IU opens the regular season at home on Friday against Eastern Illinois.

It took Indiana five minutes to settle on the proper course for attacking the Bellarmine zone, but once it did, the Hoosiers began running toward their 18-0 run.

The Hoosiers out-rebounded Bellarmine 41-26, including 25 boards during the first 20 minutes. Two days earlier in an exhibition at Cincinnati, Bellarmine out-rebounded the Bearcats 34-33.

Indiana led by as many as 23 points with four minutes remaining in the first half and took a 15-point lead into the locker room. Bellarmine answered with 3-pointers on each of its first three possessions of the second half and cut its deficit to as few as seven before a flurry of offensive activity from Williams helped boost IU back to a double-digit lead.

There were fits of sloppiness down the stretch, but the first-half run kept IU ahead by a mostly comfortable margin.

This story will be updated.

4 comments

  1. I’m absolutely pumped for this year’s edition of Hoosier Basketball! I like the fact we’ve kept the signature weave, because with our offensive firepower whoever winds up with the ball at the top of the key is going to be able to go in and score. It’s going to work this year!! And when things get dicey (like they did at the beginning of the 2nd half when we were befuddled by the pick and roll play) we can, just like last year, simply give the ball to Yogi (and no one is going to get it after that) and Yogi can save us, like he almost did last year.

    The difference this year is that Yogi’s one year older and that much better. AND that the rest of the time now fully understands whose team this is.

    There is no doubt we’ll be over .500 in the Big Ten this season, especially if Bryant continues to develop.

  2. Who was at the game? What happened? Blackmon 22″ & 2 points? Nick 18″ & 6 points. Johnson 24″ & 8 points. 50+% of the scoring by Troy & Yogi.

    Replay of the game on Tuesday 10pm. Meanwhile I’ll guess CTC trying combinations to rule out what works and what to forget?

  3. I guess on a positive note being over .500 in big ten play for IU BB is looking at it as glass being half full rather than half empty; If that gets one pumped = average = C grade range

  4. t,
    After eight years of brainwashing average has become the acceptable and much defended standard with most IU fans.

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