Indiana beats No. 22 SMU, 74-68

Indiana only shot 36 percent from the field but the Hoosiers took advantage of 19 SMU turnovers and had some hot shooting of its own down the stretch in a big 74-68 victory over SMU.

After the first two games of the regular season, Indiana fans had one thought on their minds regarding the IU basketball team.

How would the Hoosiers fare when they faced a big time team?

Southern Methodist University was the first of those tests and the Hoosiers passed Thursday night.

James Blackmon Jr. scored 26 points and hit four free throws in the final 8.7 seconds Thursday as Indiana knocked off No. 22 SMU 74-68 before a raucous crowd at Assembly Hall.

Yogi Ferrell had 13 points, Troy Williams had 11 and Nick Zeisloft added 10 for the Hoosiers (3-0).

One of the biggest statistics in the game was turnovers.

The final tally was 19-7.

But what may be a surprise to Indiana fans is that the Hoosiers were the team with seven.

Indiana fell behind by five with 14:22 to play at 47-42. The Hoosiers rallied to tie the score at 50-all on a jump shot from the top of the key by Robert Johnson.

After SMU regained the lead at 52-50, Indiana went on a 10-0 run to take control. IU had three 3-pointers in the run including one by Blackmon, one by Collin Hartman (his only points of the game) and a big shot from the top of the key by Zeisloft.

SMU got to within two at 63-61 with 3:23 to play but the Hoosiers had an answer. Blackmon was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three to make it 67-61, and Ferrell hit a big 3 off a pass from Troy Williams with 1:57 remaining that put IU on top 70-63.

SMU shot 57 percent from the field compared to 36 percent for the Hoosiers. But IU connected on 12 3-pointers and that proved to be a difference, too.

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