Indiana Hoosiers Run Away From Austin Peay Governors En Route To 102-76 Win
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Indiana Hoosiers Run Away From Austin Peay Governors En Route To 102-76 Win

Indiana maintained control as Austin Peay couldn't hang with the high flying Hoosiers in Indy's blowout win.

Josh Eastern

It started off slow and it may not have seemed like the Indiana Hoosiers had it Monday night at Assembly Hall, but eventually, they pulled away from the Austin Peay Governors.

Indiana got contributions from all over the place and shot the ball lights out. When all was set and done, the Hoosiers finished the night shooting 67 percent from the field and 59 percent from three point range.

It's safe to say the Hoosiers were dialed in.

This team can definitely put up points, but the impressive showing from Indiana in the second half was something to see. At one point, the Hoosiers hit 15 straight shots and finished the night hitting 18 of their last 20 shots.

"It's hard to find a lot of criticisms when you make 15 straight shots," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

Coach Crean was aware of the stat, but as for Yogi Ferrell and the rest of the players, they had no idea.

"I'm sure nobody was aware," Ferrell said. "It's just a product of the work that we do every day. That's how we shoot."

There were contributions throughout the lineup, but the Hoosiers were led by Ferrell who finished with 22 points. Right behind him was James Blackmon Jr. with 20.

Against Eastern Illinois in the the team's season opener, the Hoosiers had six players in double figures. Monday night against the Governors, five Hoosiers finished in double figures, with four scoring 14 or more.

The Hoosiers held a 51-39 lead at halftime, but it wasn't the cleanest of first halves for Indiana. They committed 11 first half turnovers and still gave up 39 points. In total, the Hoosiers committed 20 turnovers.

"A little carelessness," senior guard Nick Zeisloft said. "Not making the right reads, taking one too many dribbles instead of making the simple play and pass. We'll work on that in the next few days definitely - that's way too high of a number."

Indiana did turn it over quite a bit, but when Austin Peay turned it over 23 times, the Hoosiers were able to capitalize with 33 points off of turnovers. That was key in extending their lead over the Governors because in the second half, Indiana's underdog opponents cut it down to a seven point deficit.

The Governors relied heavily on Chris Horton inside, who scored a team high 17 points. Khalil Davis chipped in 16 along with John Murry who put in 14.

But the Hoosiers were just too much for Austin Peay to handle.

Yogi Ferrell has been a big component for the Hoosiers through two games as he has contributed with more than assists. Monday night he collected six rebounds and was tied for the team lead.

"Yeah, I'm trying to definitely get in the mix with the rebounds now this year," Ferrell said. "Last three years did a lot of standing around. I used to go to the defense, but now I'm definitely going into the offense trying to get those rebounds too, because that's just extra that points on the board for us, for myself and for our team."

As for freshman Thomas Bryant, he is a big key of what this Hoosiers want to do this season and he continues to progress according to Tom Crean.

"Thomas did a nice job, and he came back in after fouls and did a nice job," Crean said. "He played with really good energy and made a lot of strides from game one to game two."

The Hoosiers now enter into a more challenging part of their non-conference schedule as Creighton comes calling on Thursday night at Assembly Hall. Coach Crean called this game very important for prepping for the Maui Invitational on Monday.

"It's going to be very important because they're really good," Crean said. "I know they can usually score inside and outside, and they put all skilled players on the floor. But they will come in here with a great mindset like they always do. They'll come in here physical, and they'll come in here really believing they can make shots."

Now with two manageable wins under their belt, we will see what this Hoosiers team is made of against better competition. They do have some things to clean up, but thus far, this Indiana team has been impressive especially on the offensive end.