Indiana beats Savannah State easily, 95-49

Indiana posted a 46-point victory over Savannah State Saturday night and will now face Louisville Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell each scored 18 points to lead IU.

There wasn’t much in doubt late in the Indiana game Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

There were basically two questions: Would Savannah State score 50 points or more and would Tim Priller score and bring the crowd to its feet?

The answers: No and No.

Savannah State got a couple of cheap layups off Max Hoetzel turnovers and got to 49 but couldn’t eclipse the 50-point mark.The Tigers had a chance with 5 seconds to play but missed a slam dunk.

And Priller did hoist a 3-pointer from the top with 46.7 seconds to play late in the shot clock but it rimmed off to the right.

Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. shared high scoring honors with 18 points each and Indiana had little trouble with the Tigers as the Hoosiers came away with a 95-49 victory in non-conference action at Assembly Hall.

Indiana will now play Louisville Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy Valvano Classic.

IU got off to a sluggish start but regrouped pretty quickly. The Hoosiers turned it over four times in the first 4 minutes and actually held a slim 10-7 lead at the end of the first media timeout.

By halftime though, the Hoosiers had gotten things together and led 43-17. IU had a 14-0 run in there that built the lead to 41-17.

Indiana (7-1) shot 57 percent from the field, hitting 31-of-54 shots including 10 3-pointers. The Hoosiers also made 23-of-25 free throws.

IU had a 42-24 edge on the boards.

Savannah State slipped to 3-6 with the loss.


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