Indiana beat the Carleton University Ravens 95-85 Monday night in Ottawa. Here is what the IU players had to say following the game.
One of the keys Monday was that the Hoosiers were able to close out an opponent. That didn’t happen in Sunday’s 109-101 loss to Ottawa.
“We were definitely locked in on the defensive and offensive end tonight,’’ said transfer guard Nick Zeisloft. “We played together throughout all aspects of the game and all of our teammates got each other involved. These guys are great at making the extra pass to me and it's nice having guys that can find me as well.’’
Zeisloft scored 14 points in 27 minutes. He hit 4-of-5 from the field and all of his shots were from 3-point range. Zeisloft said he’s feeling pretty comfortable with his new team after transferring from Illinois State.
“I've been watching all of the practices since I came in,’’ he said. “Ever since I got on campus, it has been a lot of getting used to everybody. It has been a good month now and we are getting more comfortable with each other."
Yogi Ferrell, who led the Hoosiers with 21 points, said he was pleased with how his team played Monday night.
“What we can take away from this is that this is a player-driven game,’’ Ferrell said. “Down the stretch, everyone in that huddle was talking to each other. We didn't want to lose this game. We were telling each other that we have a 2-hour drive (back to Montreal) so we didn't want to lose and have a sad bus ride going back to the hotel. To play against such a great team like Carleton will definitely help us in the long run and when we get in the Big Ten.’’
Like Zeisloft, Ferrell said it was important that the Hoosiers were able to finish an opponent off. Sunday, IU was tied at 88 but was outscored 21-13 in the final 5 mintues.
“This win was definitely big for us. In the fourth quarter, when Carleton made their run, a lot of our guys heads did not hang down,’’ Ferrell said. “I think that was the biggest part for us. Teams are going to make runs because teams are good. So if we just keep our heads up high and do the same things that we do day-in and day-out, we know that we can come out with a win."
Ferrell said it helps when the Hoosiers are shooting as well as they have on this trip. In each of the three games IU has shot better than 50 percent from the field. Monday, IU hit 61 percent of its shot for the game.
“It reminds me of high school at Park Tudor when I had a bunch of shooters,’’ Ferrell said. “So I know if I drive in and they take me away, they are going to be open. But if they take the shooters away, I have the lane. It is definitely fun for a point guard like me because I can find anyone on the court.’’
Devin Davis had a solid game for the Hoosiers with 13 points and six rebounds. Davis made all six of his field goal attempts.“One thing Coach Crean preached to us was being consistent and being tough the whole game and that's what I tried to do and help the team as best I could,’’ Davis said.
Davis said that the entire IU team has had a great mindset entering this season.
“With the team that we have, you can feel that we are more together and we are tougher,’’ Davis said. “We all have a great mindset.’’