IU players talk about Ottawa loss

Indiana players talk about Sunday night's 109-101 loss to Ottawa. The Hoosiers return to action Monday night.

Here are the Indiana postgame quotes following Sunday’s 109-101 loss to Ottawa.

Yogi Ferrell was asked what the difference was in the game down the stretch. The score was tied at 88 before Ottawa outscored IU 21-13 to close out the game.

“Three-point defense and man-to-man defense,’’ Ferrell said. “Down the stretch we didn’t bear down. They made some three’s in transition and that’s what gave them the momentum in the fourth quarter."

Ferrell was asked where specifically the defensive breakdowns had come from.

“Those breakdowns defensively came from over-helps, not switching up on all ball screens and one-on-one defense, and that’s basically it,’’ Ferrell said.

So how does IU bounce back to play its third game on the trip Monday night?

“Just watching film, seeing what we need to do differently,’’ Ferrell said. “Just have to reiterate to these guys, just team defense and getting to the right spots on defense.”

Troy Williams, who led all scorers for the Hoosiers with 27 points, talked about what IU did well on Sunday.

“We got out and pushed the ball really well,’’ Williams said. “We picked it up more in the second half, but we still have a lot more to work on."

Indiana has continued to have several players contribute in each game on this trip. Williams said the Hoosiers have a lot of different players that can step up.

“It helps us out in different ways, it can be anybody on any given night,’’ Williams said. “Friday night, it was James (Blackmon Jr.) and Rob (Johnson) who picked it up. This night it was myself and Yogi (Ferrell), Devin (Davis) and Stan (Robinson) who picked it up. Any given night it can be anybody’s night.”

In two games on this Canadian trip, IU has really pushed the ball. The Hoosiers scored 110 on Friday and 101 Sunday. In both games, IU shot better than 50 percent from the field.

Williams said he a very comfortable with the pace of play.

“I’ve always been a 100 miles per hour guy and this is like nothing to me,’’ Williams said. “This shot clock is a little less, but it gets the game moving and I like that. I like to run the floor.”

Williams said the Hoosiers need to work on their defense.

“We over-helped a lot,’’ he said. “We have to work on our one-on-one defense so we don’t feel like we have to over-help.”

One of the players that has stepped up right from the start for IU is transfer Nick Zeisloft.

“He helps out a lot,’’ Williams said. “He’s a shooter, he came from Illinois State shooting 42 percent from the three and 90 percent from the free throw line. So that helps space out the court so that means more drives and more kick-outs so he brings a great impact to the game.”

Williams said the team will watch some film tonight and get ready for Monday.

“The biggest thing right now is forget about this game, move on from it and get ready for tomorrow’s game,’’ Williams said.

James Blackmon Jr., who scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, said he has never had a problem feeling comfortable on offense.

“Something I knew was going to come was my offense, so the main thing I wanted to focus on was defensively,’’ Blackmon Jr. said. “One of the best things I do is score so I knew that would come along.”

Blackmon Jr. said Ottawa posed some problems for IU’s defense.

“It was definitely hard to cover, but I feel we could have accomplished covering them,’’ Blackmon said. “ think that our on ball defense wasn’t as good as it needed to be, which caused over-helping. Myself, I felt I was helping too much because I thought the other man was getting beat and I was helping in the lane, and they would get an open three.”

Blackmon Jr. was asked about how much IU coach Tom Crean has already asked both he and Robert Johnson to initiate the offense.

“I thought that was one of the reasons I thought I should come here,’’ Blackmon Jr. said. “He’s going to push me even to play the point guard, I can show that here. I’ve just been getting a lot better in pushing my dribble out.”

Blackmon Jr. said he likes the 24-second clock that is used in Canada.

“We’re definitely getting a good lesson, I think that the 24-second clock helps our team,’’ Blackmon Jr. said. “We’re a fast-paced team and myself, I’m accustomed to playing fast.”

Blackmon Jr. said the Hoosiers need to regroup before playing on Monday.

“We all feel like we could have had it in the fourth quarter when it was 88-88,’’ Blackmon Jr. said. “We felt like we had the game. That’s probably what we’re going to talk about, just never letting that slip again and I don’t think that will happen again.”

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