Hoosiers run past McNeese State, 105-60

Although a full week will pass before Indiana’s next non-conference tune-up, the Hoosiers enter their upcoming finals week with a shot of momentum.

It’s not much, and it shouldn’t be overstated, but after a disappointing start to the season, it may be part of what Indiana needs.

IU’s 105-60 drubbing of McNeese State Saturday at Assembly Hall gives the Hoosiers their third consecutive win after an uneven start muted the expectations for Tom Crean’s eighth season in Bloomington. The schedule gets much more difficult from here, beginning with next week’s Crossroads Classic matchup against Notre Dame, but IU will be rested and refreshed by the time it sees the Fighting Irish next Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

James Blackmon Jr. led five Indiana players in double figures with 24 points, connecting on five 3-pointers. Thomas Bryant added 18 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes, while Troy Williams posted 13 points, Yogi Ferrell added 12 points and seven assists, and Max Bielfeldt scored 11.

McNeese State essentially appeared as advertised. The Cowboys have yet to beat a Division I team in eight tries this season — their lone win came against NAIA program Dillard University. Nearly every available metric pegs McNeese as one of the nation’s worst programs in terms of offensive and defensive efficiency, and the Cowboys looked the part.

Though they hung within two points through the first seven-plus minutes, a 16-2 IU run helped the Hoosiers create the necessary separation midway through the first half. IU’s offense was partly fed by unforced turnovers by the Cowboys, who committed 19 errors and gave in to poor shot selection. Indiana scored 30 points off McNeese State mistakes and finished the night by shooting at a 51 percent clip from the field.

At one point late in the first period, IU hit 12 of 15 shots in a sequence to boost it to a 53-31 halftime lead. It was a more than sufficient advantage to carry the Hoosiers to their third win in a row.

Juwan Morgan, who missed IU’s last four games with a foot injury, returned midway through the second half and grabbed three rebounds in six minutes.

This story will be updated.

7 comments

  1. Notre Dame game should be good. KenPom has ND ranked # 24 and IU #26. ND offense ranked #2 &
    IU at # 4. ND defense #120 and IU #108. Closest evenly ranked test so far and at a neutral site.

  2. Still wondering why we get 5 segments on the IU men’s game but can’t get one article on a women’s game in the hall Friday evening? If the women were on the road a long distance from Bloomington, I could almost understand it, but a home game, really?

    1. MikeC, et al,
      We did not have a reporter at the women’s game on Friday night, just a photographer, and I didn’t have time to post on the Scoop. Jon had to step away some last week, but we’ll get back on track going forward. I would point out this is one difference between the Scoop and the subscription product, which did have a game story and box.

  3. @ MikeC – I agree completely.

    I’m flabbergasted that there wasn’t even one article after Friday’s game which might have been IU women’s basketball’s toughest test thus far.

    What an exciting battle and the fact that they were able to mount a comeback and push the game to overtime before pulling out the win.

    The team is well coached, prepared, and have fought tough in each contest. Would love to see more coverage and more fans at the games.

  4. With Men’s BB so boring and predictable, and Women’s BB so exciting and going down to the wire, perhaps a re-assessment of reporter time and resources is merited. Even for us “non-payers” on the Scoop! We do factor into advertising revenue!

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