After another slow start, Indiana responded for a 76-63 win over the University of Indianapolis in IU's final exhibition game Monday night at Assembly Hall.
Junior Yogi Ferrell led four Indiana players in double figures with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Ferrell had five assists and two turnovers.
Freshman guard Robert Johnson was terrific. He finished with 15 points, was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, and pulled down 10 rebounds. He knocked down two 3-pointers and also dished out three assists in 35 minutes.
Johnson was just 4-of-12 from the field in his collegiate debut last Thursday against Northwood.
"You want your players to get better from game one to game two, obviously, because now they have it under their belt," said Indiana coach Tom Crean. "He's attacking, he's learning his speed. He plays at a very low center of gravity. He can attack. The biggest thing is he's getting his head up. He's playing with better vision all the time. But the thing about today is he really understood he's got to be aggressive on the boards."
Freshman James Blackmon Jr. added 14 points, but shot just 5-of-15 from the field. Hanner Mosquera-Perea had another solid game with 14 points and eight boards. He was 8-of-10 from the foul line. Mosquera-Perea picked up two fouls and had two turnovers in the opening minutes, but he played the rest of the game without committing a turnover or foul. That's major progress for him.
Collin Hartman had eight points on 3-of-3 shooting in 18 minutes, likely his best game as a Hoosier. Hartman remains on a minutes limit after returning from an ACL injury, but he moved around well and looked very comfortable on Monday night. Hartman also had two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
"I'm just happy that he's back," Crean said. "I just like the fact that he's out there, that he's getting real reps, real game speed, real game action. ... He's really gaining more confidence."
Indiana trailed by as many as 11 points in the early going, but closed the half on a 22-0 run to take a 14-point lead into the locker room. UIndy was called for two technical fouls during that stretch, which helped contribute to the run.
UIndy went more than 11 minutes in between field goals.
"We knew that they would come out right away and play a speed game," Crean said. "We knew that they would get after us and try to impose their strength and toughness, and they did. ... But this was a very good game for us to have to respond, to have to come back, for us to have to continue that run that we were making, and then to mix things up. We have a lot to learn, but we did a lot of things on the fly and I thought our guys tried to respond."
The Hoosiers gave up 22 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 18 times, two numbers that will obviously have to come down as the season progresses.
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