Hot shooting lifts IU to 102-76 win over Austin Peay

Indiana made 15 consecutive shots late in the second half to run away with a 102-76 win over Austin Peay on Monday at Assembly Hall.

It was a remarkable shooting performance from the Hoosiers, who connected on 16 3-pointers and shot 81 percent from the field in the second half. But IU needed nearly all of those shots to mask what was an otherwise disappointing defensive performance against the Governors, a team picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley Conference’s West Division.

Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 22 points and eight four 3-pointers on a night when his streak of 67 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was never in doubt. James Blackmon Jr. added 20 points and Nick Zeisloft poured in 15.

The Hoosiers are back home Thursday night against Creighton in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pit Big Ten teams against those from the Big East.

Austin Peay found great success going inside, scoring 51 of its points either in the paint or at the free throw line. While Indiana shot 66 percent from the field thanks to its second-half run, the Governors hit 48 percent of their shots and connected on seven of their 14 3-pointers.

In the midst of hitting 15 consecutive shots in a span of nearly 12 minutes in the second half, IU outscored Austin Peay 36-22.

Zeisloft did most of his damage with an injured finger, shooting throughout the second half with the pinky and ring fingers of his right hand taped together.

Austin Peay scored only 41 total points in its season opener Friday at Vanderbilt. Indiana committed 20 turnovers.

This story will be updated.

4 comments

  1. 20 turnovers equates to 10 points for the opposition if their shooting 50% from the field. I don’t think TC’s Parks and Recreation degree allows him to think that through.

    Good recruiter but a poor coach.

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