Noah Vonleh is making college basketball look quite easy.
Vonleh, a 6-foot-10 freshman, recorded his second consecutive double-double to begin his collegiate career Tuesday night against LIU-Brooklyn.
Vonleh finished with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting and 11 rebounds (five offensive) in 27 minutes. Vonleh had 11 points and 14 boards against Chicago State last Friday.
"He's not even scratching the surface," said Indiana coach Tom Crean. "I thought he was much better tonight than he even was on Friday with understanding what the game was."
Added point guard Yogi Ferrell: "I know they kind of focused on him a lot this game, even doubling off the weak side. His inside presence is going to be good for us down the road."
Hoosiers struggle from deep
Indiana shot just 1-of-16 from beyond the arc in the first half of Tuesday's 73-72 win. Combine that with their 1-of-8 total from the season opener, and IU was 2-of-24 from deep through three halves of play.
The Hoosiers made 6-of-10 attempts in the second half, but still shot just 27 percent from beyond the arc for the game.
"It was two different games," Crean said. "What was there for us was not what we needed today. We settled. They had a lot of respect for our driving game. They had a lot of respect for our post game. They didn't have a lot of respect for our outside shooting game, and I don't blame them."
Despite the poor numbers from the perimeter, Ferrell said he isn't worried about the team's outside shooting going forward.
"I'm not concerned with it at all," Ferrell said. "I feel like this is just a growing process and I know these are shots that guys can knock down because in practice they're knocking them down all the time. Maybe it was just an off night, and that's okay. We're all going to get in the gym, get our shots up, but I have no level of concern for us right night."
Perri praises freshman Williams
LIU-Brooklyn coach Jack Perri was asked after the game whether Indiana's Will Sheehey was the difference in the game. Sheehey made two critical 3-pointers down the stretch and finished with a game-high 19 points.
Perri gave Sheehey credit, but also praised freshman forward Troy Williams.
"He hit a three and then hit a little runner as well when Indiana was down three, and I felt those five points were big. He and Sheehey made some huge plays."
Williams finished with nine points and six rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting. He was not on the floor at the end of the game.
"We're behind. But we're trying to get still so many things, and I blame me on this part. The things we're doing defensively, we have not been doing week upon week like we would have in a regular situation with an older team. We're still really trying to get the fundamentals and the basics down of our defense." -- Indiana coach Tom Crean