Indiana scores 116 in season-opening victory

James Blackmon Jr. led five IU players with 15 points or more as he scored 25 in his IU debut. The Hoosiers shot 66 percent from the field in an easy 116-65 victory.

The only suspense in Assembly Hall Friday night from about midway through the first half until the game’s conclusion was when would the Hoosiers score 100 points?

IU had 54 at the half, hit 70 with 16 minutes to play and 80 with just under 14 minutes left

The answer: IU scored 100 with 6:22 remaining on a pair of free throws by Max Hoetzel.

The next question would be if the Hoosiers could eclipse the most points ever scored by a Tom Crean team at IU, which was 107 against Howard in the 2010-11 season?

That happened at the 3-minute mark when Jeremiah April hit a baseline jumper.

James Blackmon Jr. scored 25 points in his IU debut, Max Hoetzel had 19, Nick Zeisloft had 16 and Yogi Ferrell and Robert Johnson had 15 points in an easy 116-65 Indiana victory over Mississippi Valley State University at Assembly Hall.

It marked the 10th time in Crean’s IU coaching career that the Hoosiers.

Indiana was shooting as high as 75 percent from the field before finishing at 66.1 percent. The Hoosiers had 11 3-pointers.

IU had a 53-26 edge on the boards.

The only IU negative was Indiana had 19 turnovers.

How bad was this one? With 5:16 to play, IU had April, Hoetzel, Tim Priller, Nate Ritchie and Ryan Burton on the floor. That group played the final minutes for the Hoosiers and actually scored the game’s final 16 points.

Indiana (1-0) is back in action Monday night when it plays host to Texas Southern at 6 p.m. Texas Southern is coached by former IU coach Mike Davis. Top Stories