Indiana leading Pittsburgh, 45-37, at half

Emmitt Holt had a huge first half for Indiana. Yes, Emmitt Holt. Read more here.

Indiana played its best half in awhile and holds a 45-37 halftime lead over ACC foe Pittsburgh at Assembly Hall.

Freshman forward Emmitt Holt led the Hoosiers (5-1) with 11 first-half points to go along with three rebounds and two blocked shots. Holt, who had played only 17 total minutes entering Tuesday's game, got 12 first-half minutes because of early foul trouble for Hanner Mosquera-Perea. Boy, has he made the most of it.

Holt made all four of his shots from the field and showed a high basketball IQ on a number of defensive plays. He's finishing through contact around the basket and making his free throws. Mosquera-Perea's foul trouble may have been the best thing that could happen for IU. I think we'll see Holt starting games sooner rather than later.

Indiana shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the field and had only four turnovers in the first half. It made 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc with five different players hitting a 3-pointer. Nine different guys scored for IU in the half.

The Hoosiers' defense was solid for much of the half, but Pittsburgh (4-2) got a bit hot late with three straight 3-pointers. Indiana led by as many as 13 points.

Pittsburgh shot just 36 percent from the field in the first half. Leading scorer Michael Young was held to just two points and one rebound, and all of that production came in the first minute of the contest.

We will have plenty more content from tonight's game later tonight. Stay tuned.


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