It was another slow start for Indiana on Monday night, but the Hoosiers have made up for it in a huge way.
They closed the first half on a 22-0 run to take a 42-28 lead into the half against the University of Indianapolis in their final exhibition game.
The Hoosiers fell behind by as many as 11 points in the early going, and they trailed 28-20 with 7:37 to go in the half. But the tide began to turn when UIndy's Joe Lawson was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim. It seemed like a weak call, and it completely changed the momentum of the game.
UIndy was called for another questionable technical foul during the run as well.
Yogi Ferrell had 11 first-half points to lead Indiana. Ferrell was 4-of-7 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and added three assists to only one turnover. Freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. added 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including an emphatic dunk over a UIndy player.
Robert Johnson had a great half, scoring eight points on 3-of-3 shooting with seven rebounds.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea played only 13 minutes in the first half due to early foul trouble, but had four points, four rebounds and a blocked shot.
Collin Hartman gave Tom Crean solid minutes off the bench. The sophomore had five points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in eight minutes. Nick Zeisloft wasn't nearly as effective. The Illinois State transfer had four points on 0-of-5 shooting with three turnovers after scoring 24 points in IU's first exhibition game.
We will have plenty more coverage from tonight's game later tonight.