IU closes non-conference with 90-66 win

The Hoosiers raced past Kennesaw State on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

It wasn't always pretty, but Indiana looked sharp at times in its final tuneup game of the season.

The Hoosiers broke away from Kennesaw State in the second half and raced to a 90-66 win at Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon in the final non-conference game of the season.

The Hoosiers (10-3) open Big Ten play on Dec. 31 at Illinois.

For the second straight game, it was Yogi Ferrell leading the way for the Hoosiers. He was hot from the floor early, scoring 10 points in the first handful of minutes, and never slowed down. He got his teammates involved and still managed to find his own offense, demonstrating the blueprint that could make him one of the league's best point guards this season.

Ferrell finished with 25 points -- one shy of tying his career-high -- five assists and six rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting. Freshman Noah Vonleh added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hoosiers, and Will Sheehey had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

The Hoosiers made only 23-of-35 free-throw attempts and turned it over 20 times -- 11 in the first half. They overcame those mistakes, however, but generating easy shots on offense. Indiana shot 63 percent from the field.

Negatives: Indiana's young players continued to be inconsistent and struggled at times. Troy Williams had seven points, but turned the ball over six times and lacked the awareness he needs to be successful at this level.

Freshman Luke Fischer, however, looked as good as he has all season. The big man had 10 points, three blocks and two rebounds, and had a fastbreak dunk that made him look an awful lot like Cody Zeller.

Personally, I don't know how much a team games from the last two Indiana just played. The competition is very poor, and the Hoosiers didn't play particularly well in either game. Kennesaw State is one of the nation's worst teams, and the Owls went on a 13-1 run at one point in the second half. Dumb mistakes continue to harm the Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers are now off for the holiday and will be back in action on Dec. 31. We will have plenty more coverage from this game later as both Terry Hutchens and Nathan Brown are live from Assembly Hall this afternoon.

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