Hot-shooting Hoosiers pace Armored Athlete #iubb

CHICAGO — Hot shooting at one end and cold shooting at the other turned into an easy 92-60 victory for Armored Athlete in its Midwest Regional opener of The Basketball Tournament at the Shannon Center on Saturday.

The victors, featuring former Indiana University standouts Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford, shot 55.6 percent (35-of-63) from the field to open up a comfortable 46-31 halftime lead and never let up in pulling away during the second half against Midwest Dream Squad.

The Hoosier trio were largely responsible for the torrid shooting pace, combining to go 15-of-22 from the field and 10-of-10 on free throws for a total of 42 points.

Sheehey scored a team-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Watford came off the bench to provide 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting with two rebounds in 14 minutes, while Hulls joined Sheehey in the starting lineup and scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting to go with two assists.

The IU products got some in-state help in the form of Butler grad Roosevelt Jones, who pulled down a game-high eight rebounds to go with four points, four steals and three assists, as well as former Purdue guard Jon Octeus, who contributed seven points and five rebounds in just 11 minutes of action.

At the other end of the floor, seventh-seeded Armored Athlete held 10th-seeded Midwest Dream Squad to 31.9 percent shooting from the field (22-of-69), forcing 12 turnovers, picking up nine steals and blocking four shots.

Armored Athlete advances to take on the Canton Bulldogs in the round of 32 at noon Sunday. The 15th-seeded Bulldogs followed the same hot-shooting blueprint in an upset of second-seeded Ants Alumni, the team that ousted Armored Athlete from the tournament a year ago. Canton shot 54.7 percent from the field and made 15 3-pointers.

The winner of Sunday’s game, which will be live streamed via the Whistle Sports Facebook page, advances to the Super 16 in Philadelphia next weekend.