Louisville pulls away and beats IU, 94-74

Indiana hung around for the first 32 minutes of the game, and even led by four early in the second half, but careless play with the ball and 26 Louisville offensive rebounds were the big story lines for the No. 4 Louisville in a 94-74 victory.

In some ways, the final score Tuesday night wasn’t really indicative of how hard Indiana played against No. 4 ranked Louisville.

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.

Three other IU players scored in double figures. Yogi Ferrell had 13 points, while Troy Williams and Hanner Mosquera-Perea each added 10. Nick Zeisloft scored nine points off the bench for IU.

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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