IU falls to Syracuse, 69-52

The Hoosiers struggled mightily in the second half Tuesday night.

It wasn't exactly the revenge Indiana fans were hoping for.

The Hoosiers played well in the first half, but did little right in the final 20 minutes in a 69-52 loss to Syracuse at Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome.

After falling behind 10-0 early, the Hoosiers (6-2) battled back and trailed by only four points at halftime. They were attacking the Orange (8-0) well, and Yogi Ferrell was burying 3s at key moments.

The second half was a different story entirely.

Indiana tied the game at 33-33 early in the second half, but then fell apart. Syracuse went on a 25-5 run over the next 10-plus minutes to put the game away.

During that span, the Hoosiers looked like they hadn't seen the Syracuse zone before. They turned the ball over time and again, and missed shots when they got them.

Indiana went 12 minutes and 42 seconds in between field goals in the second half.

On the other end, Trevor Cooney was torching the Hoosiers from the outside. In a game full of length, it was Cooney, a small shooter, that made the biggest impact.

Cooney finished with 21 points on five 3-pointers, and regularly made shots that served as daggers to Indiana.

The Hoosiers had 16 turnovers, and shot just 37 percent (15-of-41) from the field. IU was 4-of-14 from beyond the arc, all four makes coming from Ferrell.

Freshman Noah Vonleh led the Hoosiers with 17 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. He was 13-of-16 from the foul line and was a major difference maker on the defensive end. Vonleh was one of the few bright spots for Indiana.

Ferrell added 12 points, but nine of them came in the first half and he turned the ball over three times. Troy Williams had six points, including another highlight dunk in the first half.

The Hoosiers did a pretty good job on C.J. Fair, who finished with 15 points and was plagued with foul trouble in the second half. Freshman Tyler Ennis added 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and eight assists for Syracuse.

Indiana sophomore guard Austin Etherington was ejected from the game in the second half after a hard foul on Cooney in transition. The replay showed Etherington hit the ball before shoving Cooney, but the officials elected to give Etherington a flagrant two after seeing the replay.

We will have plenty more coverage from this game later tonight.


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