Defense leads IU to 79-39 victory

Indiana falls behind 13-2 early but then turns up the defense in a rout of Division II Hillsdale.

For nearly 7 minutes Monday night, Hillsdale was as good as advertised and built up a quick 11-point lead on Indiana.

But then the Hoosiers turned up the defense, started attacking the basket on offense and very quickly the game was out of hand.

Yogi Ferrell scored 14 points and Will Sheehey added 12 as the Hoosiers fought off a sluggish start to rout Hillsdale 79-39 at Assembly Hall.

Hillsdale was coming off an 85-84 overtime loss to Toledo Sunday night. Earlier in the exhibition season the Chargers had dropped a nine-point decision to Valparaiso.

Indiana finished the exhibition season with a 2-0 record. The Hoosiers open the regular season Friday night when they play host to Chicago State at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall.

Hillsdale jumped to a 13-2 lead at the 13:21 mark of the first half as Indiana was settling for 3-point shots on the offensive end and not getting out on shooters on defense. The Chargers, a team that had made 14 3-pointers Sunday against Toledo, made three in that early run. But Hillsdale would only hit three more 3-pointers the rest of the game.

"The biggest thing is we just needed to stay together," Ferrell said. "I feel like we weren't flowing together very well. Defensively, I felt like we just weren't there. Once we were down, we realized, 'This is serious, we gotta get back up.'"

Indiana settled down and put together a string of runs to take control of the game. The first one was an 11-0 run that tied it at 13. A steal by Luke Fischer and pass to Troy Williams for a driving layup tied the score at 13 at the 8:05 mark.

After Hillsdale went up 16-13, Indiana went on a 14-0 run to take control at 27-16. Ferrell had a steal and a layup along with a 3-pointer in that run. Jeremy Hollowell finished off the run with a soft 8 foot jumper in the lane.

All six of Indiana's true freshmen saw significant action in the game. Five of the six freshmen played double-digit minutes led by Noah Vonleh with 20 minutes of play. Both Williams and Stanford Robinson led the IU freshmen with nine points each and Vonleh chipped in eight.

Sheehey went down midway through the second half after falling on the baseline. He didn't return. He had a large bag of ice on his right calf as he stood and watching his teammates during timeouts. The injury is not expected to be serious.

Tim Dezelski led Hillsdale with 15 points.

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