Indiana has easy time with Evansville, 77-46

Jeremy Hollowell comes off the bench for the first time this season and leads Indiana in scoring with 18 points as the Hoosiers win easily over the Purple Aces.

Evansville came into Tuesday night's game at Assembly Hall as one of the nation's highest scoring teams averaging better than 90 points per game.

One of its players, D.J. Balentine, had scored at least 29 points in the first five games of the year.

All of that changed Tuesday night against Indiana.

Indiana opened the game by scoring the first 12 points and built the lead over 30 in the second half as the Hoosiers bounced back from their first loss of the year with an easy 77-46 victory over Evansville at Assembly Hall.

Evansville (5-1) is now 0-9 all-time against Indiana.

Jeremy Hollowell came off the bench for the first time this season and led the Hoosiers (6-1) with 18 points. Noah Vonleh, who was held scoreless in IU's 59-58 loss to Connecticut in New York City Friday night, picked up his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Yogi Ferrell was the only other player for IU in double figures with 10.

Evansville came into the game as one of the best shooting teams in the country. That didn't materialize against the Hoosiers. Evansville hit 16-of-55 shots from the field, 29 percent. From 3-point range, the Purple Aces were 3-of-16.

Balentine scored six points late in the game to end up with 14 for the game. He was 5-of-17 from the field and missed all five of his 3-point opportunities.

Indiana shot 41 percent from the field and 25 percent from the line. But the difference was IU's dominance on the boards. Indiana held a 58-30 rebounding edge. IU had 19 offensive boards.

Jeff Howard made his first career start for Indiana. He had two points. When he was subbed out in the first half, IU was ahead 11-0.

Indiana is off the rest of the week before traveling to Syracuse next Tuesday night to face the Orange in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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