Indiana beats Lamar 85-72

Indiana did enough good things Saturday night to come away with a 85-72 victory over Lamar before a crowd of 12,203 at Assembly Hall.

Indiana is 4-0.

That was the most important statistic to come out of Saturday's game with Lamar.

James Blackmon Jr. scored a game-high 21 points and Yogi Ferrell chipped in 19 as Indiana was able to maintain a double digit lead for most for most of the second half and beat Lamar 85-72 before a crowd of 12,203 at Assembly Hall.

Robert Johnson had 13 points, Hanner Mosquera-Perea had 11 and Troy Williams added 10 for the Hoosiers.

Lamar (1-3) came into the game rated No. 348 out of 351 Division I teams. It lost to Southern Methodist by 39 points on Nov. 14, 93-54. That's the same SMU team that IU beat 74-68 on Thursday night.

So it was expected to be an easy victory for Indiana (4-0).

It wasn't. The Hoosiers' biggest lead of the game was 17 in the first half and IU was up by as many as 14 in the second half. But Lamar cut the IU lead to seven at 77-70 with 3:42 to play, too.

IU then scored six points in a row to open the lead back up.

Lamar was able to get a lot of open looks inside and scored 40 points in the paint.

IU shot 51 percent from the field on 30-of-59 shooting including 9-of-20 from 3-point range. Blackmon had five of those 3-point field goals.

The Hoosiers also held a 38-29 edge on the boards and for the second game in a row had single digit turnovers. That is particularly noteworthy because IU had seven in the first half and just two in the second half.


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