It wasn't exactly a happy homecoming for Samford coach Bennie Seltzer.
Fresh off a narrow win over LIU-Brooklyn on Tuesday, Indiana had an extra focus about it on Friday night. Samford and former IU assistant Seltzer paid the price.
The Hoosiers built an early lead and cruised for an easy 105-59 victory at Assembly Hall. Indiana is now 3-0 on the season and has scored 100 points in two of the three games.
"I'm very encouraged by the way our team responded over the last few days," said Indiana coach Tom Crean. "It was very important that the players grasp how much better they could play and really understand that the way we played the other night is going to be a recipe for disaster."
Yogi Ferrell led the way for the Hoosiers with a career-high 26 points, including five 3-pointers. Ferrell scored 17 points and hit four 3s in the first 13 minutes of the second half before resting on the bench the remainder of the game. He also had six assists and three rebounds.
Freshman Noah Vonleh added 15 points and 10 rebounds, his third straight double-double to begin his collegiate career. Vonleh is the first-ever Indiana freshman to do that. (Christian Watford and Tom Pritchard each began their careers with two straight double-doubles.)
"He's probably one of the best freshmen I've seen, especially as a big," said senior guard Evan Gordon. "You usually see a big trying to figure things out. Noah has been able to adapt pretty well. He's taken it in stride."
The Hoosiers led 26-6 early due primarily to their pressure defense and offensive energy. Indiana's freshmen were especially effective in the first half, scoring 16 of Indiana's first 22 points.
What was so much different than Tuesday night? Well, for one, Indiana didn't settle for 3-pointers early. After attempting 16 3s in the first half against LIU-Brooklyn, the Hoosiers shot only eight in the first 20 minutes against Samford.
Instead, Indiana attacked the basket and got plenty of layups and dunks. Sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea had two emphatic throwdowns in the first half, and freshman Troy Williams had three putback baskets, including a highlight dunk.
"We weren't hunting for shots," Ferrell said. "We were pretty much taking what the game was giving us. We were looking more inside out."
Mosquera-Perea, who finished with a career-high eight points, also had the dunk of the season thus far in the second half. He rebounded an Austin Etherington missed layup and threw it down with authority. Look for it on SportsCenter later tonight.
"He is getting so much better," Crean said. "He's getting smarter. He's getting more confident. He's in excellent shape. I mean, this is still a young guy that is walking around in a boot when he's not on the basketball court. So it's not like he's 100 percent healthy."
Indiana shot 57 percent (36-of-63) from the field, 40 percent (6-of-15) from beyond the arc, and 66 percent (27-of-41) from the foul line. The Hoosiers also outrebounded Samford 53-32.
Indiana is back in action Sunday against Stony Brook. We will have more coverage from this game tonight.