It has been said before but it’s worth repeating. When Indiana shoots like that from beyond the 3-point line, it will be difficult to keep the Hoosiers down.
Minnesota learned that first hand Sunday night at Assembly Hall.
Indiana erupted for a school-record 18 3-pointers (on 32 attempts) and the Hoosiers cruised to a 90-71 victory over the Golden Gophers in Big Ten Conference play at Assembly Hall.
Six different Indiana players made at least one 3-pointer. Five made at least two. Blackmon made 6-of-10 from beyond the arc to lead the way. Williams, who was 1-of-6 from 3-point range on the season going into the game, made two 3-pointers against the Gophers. His final one with 21.7 seconds to play was the school record 18th 3.
Indiana (18-8, 8-5 Big Ten) improved to 15-1 this season at home and 6-0 in conference. The Hoosiers have five games to play including three at home. The two road games are against Rutgers and Northwestern.
IU trailed by as many as eight points early and fell behind 14-6 with 14:10 to play in the first half. A 9-0 run, however, midway through the first half on two 3-pointers by Nick Zeisloft and one by Yogi Ferrell, gave IU its first lead at 19-17.
Indiana led by six at the half at 44-38 after Johnson followed in a Ferrell miss at the buzzer.
The Hoosiers came out firing in the second half with both Johnson and Blackmon hitting 3-pointers to put the lead up to 12 at 50-38. The lead would never dip below double digits again.
Ferrell was limited to seven points for the Hoosiers but also had 11 assists.
Andre Hollins led Minnesota (16-10, 5-8) with 23 points.
IU is back in action Thursday night at Assembly Hall when it plays host to Purdue.