At the Buzzer: Indiana 92, Morehead State 59

  • 12/05/2015 9:11 pm in

A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 92-59 win over Morehead State:

How it happened: This one was close for about eight minutes, but an 18-0 run that started with a Max Bielfeldt layup at the 13:12 mark and ended with a pair of free throws by Nick Zeisloft with 8:36 left in the first half put the game out of reach. From there, it was total domination. Indiana led by as many as 41 in the second half and held Morehead State to a season-low 59 points.

Standout performer: Robert Johnson. Reinserted into the starting lineup as Tom Crean elected to go with a three-guard set, Johnson set the tone early defensively and also did a nice job feeding the post on a couple occasions in the first half. He finished with eight points, four rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Morehead State scored just .83 points per possession and had 23 turnovers. After allowing 1.52 points per trip in Wednesday’s blowout loss at Duke, it was a solid bounce back effort for the Hoosiers.

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  • CreamandCrimson

    I know that Morehead State isn’t a great opponent but they aren’t awful and their recent results suggested this would be a challenge. I’m pleased with the result and I’m pleased with the performance. IU did a better job of taking care of the ball and rebounded better on both ends. Most importantly, they played only man to man and actually appeared to care about getting stops. Straight line drives were limited and communication appeared improved. Guys were actually in defensive stances. Will it become consistent and a staple for this team? I doubt it but it was good to see it tonight and it has to start somewhere. I thought many played well tonight but I’ll mention Max had a real nice game off the bench while Bryant rebounded better than we’ve seen. Good job tonight Hoosiers, please keep that defensive effort up moving forward.

  • Zach

    A step in the right direction. Defensive intensity was much better especially in the first half. Felt like they got away from what made them successful a few minutes into the second half, but RJ and Max especially played well and brought energy. Better rebounding and taking care of the ball also. The next step in the process is to sustain it for 40 minutes and carry it across games no matter the competition

  • IU track Alumni

    Progress defensively is all that needs to be said about this game. All the other stuff/stats don’t matter because its expected against a team like this.

  • Ole Man

    Blackmon only has one TO on his stat sheet, but it sure felt like he had more!
    Nitpicking, but what’s with dribbling instead of passing to be that press?

  • hardly

    The # of possessions stat seems a little suspect to me. Above it says 72, but field goal attempts + turnovers = 66. So we got 36 free throws on 6 additional possessions? I recognize there are and-1’s and a few other things to account for, but does anyone know how the # of possessions are counted?

  • SCHoosier

    I was so enthralled by his defensive effort..I didn’t notice much else. When IU isn’t moving the pass with the pass..they revert to too much dribbling..and not much driving.

  • Doc

    Why does time of possessions even matter, as long as IU is scoring more than their opponent.

  • hardly

    number of possessions, not time of possession. it matters because efficiency statistics can be calculated from it.