IU bounces back with blowout win at Rutgers

Indiana got the bad taste out of its mouth from the Purdue loss with a 84-54 win at Rutgers on Sunday night.

Sunday's game at Rutgers was termed a must-win game for Indiana. Instead, it functioned as the perfect bounce back game for a team trying to get a home loss to rival Purdue out of its mind.

That loss should be but a distant memory after the Hoosiers' 84-54 blowout win over a struggling Rutgers team. The Scarlet Knights have now lost 11 games in a row.

James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell scored 17 points apiece to lead Indiana (19-9, 9-6 Big Ten), which had four players in double figures. Blackmon also had seven rebounds and made 7-of-12 shots from the field. Ferrell added six rebounds and six assists to his 17 points.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea had a career-high 13 points on only three shot attempts, and five rebounds. Mosquera-Perea made all three of those shot attempts and 7-of-8 attempts from the foul line. It was another positive step for Mosquera-Perea, who had 10 early points against Purdue on Thursday night but grabbed only one rebound and was invisible in the second half.

"Hanner knew he didn't play well on Thursday night, and I've reminded him of that about 800 times," Indiana coach Tom Crean told the Big Ten Network after the game. "I'm proud of him."

Nick Zeisloft added 13 points for IU on 5-of-6 shooting and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Indiana shot 53 percent from the field and held Rutgers to 37 percent shooting. The Hoosiers outrebounded Rutgers 45-32.

Indiana shot 56 percent from the field in the first half, but let Rutgers hang around because of careless turnovers. The Hoosiers had nine first-half turnovers and led by only 10 points at the break.

But they opened the second half on a 9-0 run and never looked back. Indiana cut out many of the mistakes that kept the game close in the first half and ran the Scarlet Knights out of their own gym. The Hoosiers had only four turnovers in the second half.

Crean was able to clear his bench late in the game, meaning 7-foot freshman Jeremiah April got in for one of the few times this season. April had four points and two rebounds on 2-of-2 shooting in three minutes, including a nice catch and finish in the paint. His other basket came on a tip-in. That was certainly good to see.

Indiana is back in action on Wednesday night at Northwestern.

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