Indiana was sluggish and somewhat unimpressive for much of the night, but the Hoosiers eventually ran away from Texas Southern in an 83-64 win Monday night at Assembly Hall. IU moved to 2-0.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Texas Southern coach Mike Davis, who spent six years as Indiana's head coach in the early 2000s. Davis took IU to the national title game in 2002.
Davis' team stayed in the game until late in the second half and refused to go away. IU's lead hovered between 10 and 12 points for much of the game, but the Hoosiers pulled away late.
"We've had an extremely long couple of weeks and we're playing shorthanded," Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward. "I thought our guys continued to basically gut it out during the game. The last couple weeks, these kids have gone through a lot. And then the games come and you would think that would be the freedom of movement and 'Boy, let's go.' They're carrying a lot. We've just got to continue to learn to process that and continue to do the simple things really well."
Robert Johnson led four Indiana players in double figures with 21 points, 17 of which came in the first half. Johnson was 8-of-13 from the field, 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and added six assists and five rebounds. Johnson had only one turnover.
Yogi Ferrell had 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds, but he also had a team-high five turnovers. Ferrell was 9-of-16 from the field.
James Blackmon added 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 3-of-4 from deep. He scored 17 points in the second half after attempting only two shots in the first 20 minutes.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, five rebounds and five blocks. He had also had three turnovers.
Indiana shot 57 percent from the field (32-of-56) and 67 percent from beyond the arc (10-of-15), but made only 9-of-16 shots from the foul line.
Other troubling stats: IU was outrebounded for the second straight game, 34-32, and gave up 12 offensive boards (3 in the second half). The Hoosiers also had 13 turnovers. Those are things that will need to be corrected before SMU comes to town on Thursday.