It wasn't always pretty, but Indiana did enough to hold of the University of Southern Indiana in its exhibition opener.
Yogi Ferrell scored 20 points and knocked down six 3-pointers to lead the Hoosiers to an 83-68 victory over USI Saturday night at Assembly Hall.
Ferrell showed off his improved jump shot throughout the game. He was 6-of-15 from the field and 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Ferrell had only two assists to four turnovers, an area he excelled in as a freshman last season.
"He's gonna have to be a guy that shoots a lot more free throws than two in a game, and he's going to have to be a guy that gets more than two defensive rebounds in a game," said Indiana coach Tom Crean. "This past week of practice was the best overall week he's had since he's been here, so that's something to build on."
Freshman forward Troy Williams added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers. Williams also had three blocked shots. He joined fellow freshman Noah Vonleh, Will Sheehey, Ferrell and Evan Gordon in the starting lineup.
Indiana shot just 18-of-31 from the foul line and turned the ball over 17 times. Vonleh, who scored nine points and pulled down 12 rebounds, was 0-of-5 at the charity stripe.
"His is very technical and then it becomes a little mental," Crean said. "Right now, it's just a matter of slowing the ball down and bending his knees. He's got such a long release because he's so long and tall. His hands are so big.
"He'll get better with that."
What was clear is the Hoosiers are exceptionally athletic, they work hard, and they can run. If they are to compete in the Big Ten this season, however, IU will have to shoot the ball much better than it did against USI.
Indiana shot just 42 percent from the field, but had 21 offensive rebounds. The Hoosiers outrebounded USI 54-36.
"I think the fans are really going to enjoy this team," Crean said, "but they'll be like me, they'll pull their hair out once in a while."
Sheehey added 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting, but turned the ball over five times.