Indiana tops Chicago State 100-72 in opener

The Hoosiers opened their season with a decisive win.

Indiana coach Tom Crean said Thursday night that he would learn how deep of a team he had in Friday night's season opener.

If Friday night was any indication, the Hoosiers are crazy deep.

Indiana's depth and balanced scoring led the Hoosiers to a 100-72 victory over Chicago State at Assembly Hall.

Crean played 12 players in the first half, and nine scored. Nobody scored more than 16 points for the Hoosiers, but seven scored between eight and 16. Four players also had at least six rebounds.

Sophomore Jeremy Hollowell led the way with 16 points, four rebounds and four blocked shots. Freshman Noah Vonleh was very active, recording 11 points and 14 rebounds in 21 minutes.

All down the line, the numbers were solid. Will Sheehey had 10 points and nine boards on 4-of-6 shooting. Devin Davis had 10 points and nine boards off the bench. Yogi Ferrell had 11 points and six boards. Troy Williams had 13 points, Evan Gordon, eight.

Indiana's athleticism simply proved too much for Chicago State to handle. Indiana blocked 13 shots in the game, one off a school record set in 2000. Indiana also had 62 rebounds, outrebounding the Cougars by 26.

Chicago State, a team that won 11 games a season ago and boasts a roster with nine seniors, shot just 21-of-81 (26 percent) from the field in the game.

The one concerning area for the Hoosiers on opening night was turnovers. They gave the ball away 19 times, nine more than Chicago State. The Cougars thrive on pressure and trapping so some of those turnovers were expected, but 19 is still too many.

Indiana also set a record for made free throws in a game with 45.

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