In other ways, when you look at some of the statistics Louisville compiled Tuesday night, the final margin seems about right.
Louisville took advantage of the offensive boards and a lot of careless IU turnovers and raced to a 94-74 victory over Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Indiana (7-2) turned it over 19 times and was beaten on the glass, 52-34. But the big story there was on the offensive boards where Louisville had a 26-10 edge on the Hoosiers.
IU stayed in the game early with its ability to knock down 3-point shots. At one point, the Hoosiers had opened the game hitting eight of their first 11 from distance including 7-of-10 in the first half. But IU would miss its final nine 3-point attempts.
That was never more apparent than looking at the game of freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. Blackmon led the Hoosiers in scoring with 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field. But Blackmon was an uncharacteristic 1-of-8 from 3-point range including plenty of good looks in the second half.
Terry Rozier had 26 points including 5-of-8 3-pointers and chipped in six rebounds. Chris Jones had 24 points for the Cardinals (8-0). And Montrezl Harrell scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Louisville. Six of Harrell’s rebounds were on the offensive end. He hit 10-of-13 shots from the field and most of those were dunks.
IU rallied late in the first half to cut a 13-point deficit down to five at the intermission, 46-41. Then the Hoosiers scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 50-46 when Ferrell drained a 3-pointer. But Louisville quick retook command of the game and eventually widened the lead to 20 points.
Indiana is back in action Saturday when it plays host to Grand Canyon at 5 p.m. at Assembly Hall.
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