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Notebook: Bryant bounces back, loss sparks lineup change


Less than 24 hours after suffering its first loss of the season, Indiana was back on the court in Maui looking to earn a win.

The Hoosiers did just that, winning 83-73, albeit in sloppy fashion.

Yogi Ferrell led all scorers with 22 points, and also had seven assists and four rebounds. Thomas Bryant bounced back from his struggles against Wake Forest and finished with 19 points and three rebounds in 22 minutes.


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. St. John’s


LAHAINA, Hawaii – Check out 40 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 83-73 win over St. John’s in the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Photography.


At the Buzzer: Indiana 83, St. John’s 73


A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 83-73 win over St. John’s in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational:

How it happened: It wasn’t pretty, but Indiana bounced back from Monday’s 82-78 loss to Wake Forest by grinding out a win over St. John’s. The Red Storm shouldn’t be confused with a competent high major team given the fact that they were coming off a 37-point beatdown at the hands of Vanderbilt, but it was a win nonetheless for the Hoosiers. After leading by as many as 17 in the first half, Indiana let St. John’s get as close as six with 1:53 to play before closing out the win.


Notebook: Defense disappoints in Maui loss


Indiana’s trip to Maui started off with a disappointing loss Monday, as the Hoosiers fell to Wake Forest 82-78.

After a first half that saw Dinos Mitoglou light up the Hoosier defense, IU started to pull away in the second half, reaching a nine-point lead with just over seven minutes left to play. The defense, however, couldn’t hold up, and Wake Forest was able to hold on for the win after IU’s final possession, a three-quarter court pass to Max Bielfeldt, resulted in a turnover.

Freshman big man Thomas Bryant got his first taste of the national stage, and allowed Demon Deacon center Devin Thomas to score 21 points and grab eight rebounds.


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Wake Forest


LAHAINA, Hawaii – Check out 35 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 82-78 loss to Wake Forest in the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Photography.


At the buzzer: Wake Forest 82, Indiana 78


A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 82-78 loss to Wake Forest in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational:

How it happened: After taking a 72-63 lead with 7:34 to play, Indiana scored just six points the rest of the way as Wake Forest easily attacked the basket down the stretch (like it did for the entire first half). Freshman Bryant Crawford scored the game winner for the Demon Deacons with just 3.2 seconds to play as the Hoosiers failed to stop a routine screen and roll on the right side. Indiana then called two timeouts to set up a final play, but an errant pass by Collin Hartman was intercepted and the Hoosiers didn’t even get off a shot, which simply cannot happen.


Quotes: Crean, IU players preview Maui Jim Maui Invitational


LAHAINA, Hawaii – Indiana tips off the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday against Wake Forest and on Sunday, the Hoosiers and their coach, Tom Crean, looked ahead to the event.

We’ve got quotes from Crean’s comments in an early morning Q & A session with the other seven Maui coaches, quotes from a roundtable session with Crean as well as thoughts from several IU players below which were provided by IU:

Crean’s thoughts on the team (from press conference):

“I think our whole front line is so young. Thomas (Bryant) is a young 18-year old and we have two other young freshmen on the front line with Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby. And then we added Max Bielfeldt from Michigan as a fifth-year transfer. So we are young in age and – in Max’s case, young to Indiana. But I like their upside and their work ethic and then the fact that we have experience in the back court – whether it’s Kevin Yogi Ferrell as a senior or Nick Zeisloft as a senior or Troy Williams as a junior or James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson as sophomores now. Those guys can really help us along.


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