Indiana came into the Maui Invitational undefeated and ranked No. 13. It will leave with two losses, and will almost assuredly fall out of the rankings.
21 turnovers and 10-for-19 shooting from the free throw line doomed the Hoosiers in their 72-69 loss to UNLV on Wednesday. After getting behind big early, IU was never quite able to come all the way back and take a lead.
Only three players out of the 10 who played managed to not turn the ball over, and IU’s three main ball-handlers — Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams — each had four turnovers.
“Really it was just us,” Blackmon Jr. said. “I feel like (UNLV) didn’t do too much of anything. I feel like it was us that made turnovers that we could have prevented. But their pressure was good. We knew that they would come out and pressure us and it was going to be a dog fight from the beginning. So I feel like we should have just prevented that more.”
LAHAINA, Hawaii – Check out 41 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 72-69 loss to UNLV 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.
A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 72-69 loss to UNLV in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational:
How it happened: Indiana arrived in Maui with a top 15 national ranking and hopes of a trip to the event’s championship game later tonight. The Hoosiers will depart with a 1-2 record and both losses came to teams that are unlikely to make the NCAA tournament. Put today’s loss, one in which Indiana never led, on 21 turnovers and poor decision making all around, including on the bench. The Hoosiers fell behind early, drew even in the second half, but could never get over the hump.
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.
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.
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.
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.