Thoughts on a 81-54 win against the Golden Grizzlies:
As Yogi Ferrell sat on the bench with two fouls in the first half, Evan Gordon found an offense groove. He kept the needle on it all night, eventually garnering “Ev-an Gor-don” chants from the Assembly Hall faithful and finishing with an eye-popping line (26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from distance, five rebounds, three assists, three steals).
Gordon played with serious confidence and now sports two strong offensive outings in a row after posting 15 against North Florida on Saturday. It comes at a good time. The Hoosiers desperately need more balance in their offense with Big Ten season just three weeks away.
And Gordon wasn’t the only encouraging shooter from distance tonight.
For the second game in a row the Hoosiers started out hot from beyond the arc. This time, it continued through the game — save for a rough stretch to start the second half where they settled instead of finding 3-pointers in the flow of the offense — as they hit 9-of-21 (42.9 percent). Troy Williams added a 1-of-1 mark from 3-point range and finished with 13 points. Ferrell hit 3-of-8 attempts. Stanford Robinson connected on 1-of-2. Jeremy Hollowell (0-of-3) and Austin Etherington (0-of-2) didn’t make any this evening, but it’s a good sign Etherington is continuing to shoot from 3-point land.
Luke Fischer had a nice night, picking up three offensive boards and putting them all back in for scores.
Will Sheehey did an admirable job shadowing 3-point specialist Travis Bader, as he hit shoot 0-of-10 from distance and just 2-of-15 from the field. But Sheehey appears lost at the other end of the floor. He was 0-of-5 tonight, which makes him 7-of-27 in his last four contests in which he’s averaged just 4.5 points. Sheehey was both blocked at the rim — a common occurrence this season — and stripped in the closing minutes of this one.
After the game on Tuesday night, Oakland coach Greg Kampe walked back to his team’s locker room with a hand to his head.
Moments earlier, the buzzer at Assembly Hall sounded that finalized an 81-54 Indiana (8-2) win over the Golden Grizzlies (2-8). It was a game in which the Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and held the Grizzlies to a season low in points off only 32.2 percent shooting.
It’s also a game that Kampe already is looking forward to moving past.
“It’s Indiana in Assembly Hall,” he said after the game. “If they make shots they’re going to beat a lot of teams. So I pat Crean on the back, said ‘Great job,’ and we’ll move onto the next one.”
But coming into the game, Kampe thought Indiana’s shooting ability — or lack thereof — would enable his team to stay in the game. After all, IU was shooting only 28.8 percent from beyond the arc and only 45.6 percent from the field overall. He thought it was the Hoosiers’ biggest weakness.
However, in the opening 10 minutes of Tuesday’s game, Indiana shot 64.7 percent from the field. By then, the Hoosiers were up, 27-16.
Kampe also thought the game was going to come down to rebounding. By halftime, Indiana would have double the amount of rebounds Oakland would. The Hoosiers were again strong on the offensive boards, rebounding 38.7 percent of their misses in the contest.
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 81-54 win over Oakland on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.
Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:
A full transcript is available after the jump.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe met with the media following his team’s 81-54 loss to Indiana on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to his postgame comments in the media player below:
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Check out 21 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 81-54 win over Oakland at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.
Evan Gordon (26 points, five rebounds, three assists) and Luke Fischer (six points, six rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 81-54 win over Oakland on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the media player below:
A full transcript is available after the jump.
Class of 2014 Finlay Prep (Nev.) forward Jonah Bolden is headed to the Pac-12.
The 6-foot-9 Bolden, a native of Australia, committed to UCLA during an official visit that began on Sunday, according to reports by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com and Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
Bolden, the No. 49 player nationally according to the 247Composite, also considered Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Methodist and USC.
The Hoosiers began recruiting Bolden, who transferred to Findlay Prep for his final high school season, earlier this fall. His father, Bruce, played professionally in Australia after a collegiate career at Boise State.
Indiana has three players signed for its 2014 class — guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson and forward Max Hoetzel.