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Eastern Washington’s Venky Jois on Indiana’s defense: ‘They weren’t doing anything’


From far outside the Eastern Washington postgame locker room on Monday night, you could hear the screaming and the celebrating.

During his postgame interview, Eagles star Tyler Harvey mouthed to teammate Venky Jois, “Oh my god.”

As Eastern Washington (4-1) walked off Branch McCracken Court after their upset over Indiana (4-1), ending the Hoosiers’ 43-game non-conference home winning streak, the Eagles could barely even contain themselves. Parker Kelly looked up to Eastern Washington fans and shrugged, as if he could not believe what just happened. Players yelled as they left the court.

All that shock came from the performance the Eagles had against the Hoosiers on Monday night. They had won, 88-86.

“We deserved it,” Eastern Washington guard Drew Brandon said. “We work hard every day, and it just felt great to finish with the win.”

Indiana, meanwhile, was left reeling. After giving up 48 points in the paint in their win over Lamar on Saturday, the Hoosiers allowed another 48 points in the paint to Eastern Washington on Monday.


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Eastern Washington


Check out 20 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson named to Wayman Tisdale Award watch list


The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the watch list for the 2015 Wayman Tisdale Award, which honors the country’s top freshman, on Monday afternoon.

Two IU freshmen, James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson, were on the 22-player list.

Here’s the complete watch list, per a USBWA press release issued on Thursday, is available after the jump.


Devin Davis surprise sparks Indiana to 85-72 win over Lamar


Less than an hour before Indiana’s game against Lamar on Saturday evening, sophomore Devin Davis made his way into the Hoosiers’ locker room. The event staff, standing just outside, could not help but grin at the occasion.

Just three weeks after a car crash that left Davis seriously injured with a “traumatic brain injury,” the Indianapolis native made his first appearance in Assembly Hall since the accident and watched the Hoosiers go on to win, 85-72, over the Cardinals.

As Davis walked in to the locker room, his teammates were on Branch McCracken Court warming up. They had no idea who would be waiting upon their return to the locker room.

So when the Hoosiers routinely jogged off the court and made their way into the locker room, they unexpectedly found Davis inside. The mood instantly changed.

“We were all jumping on him, like dog-piling him kind of,” junior Yogi Ferrell said. “We were all happy to see him.”


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Lamar


Check out 20 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 85-72 win over Lamar at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


Devin Davis attends Indiana-Lamar game


Indiana sophomore forward Devin Davis was back in Assembly Hall on Saturday night as a spectator for the Hoosiers’ game with Lamar.

Shortly before 7 p.m., Davis walked into Assembly Hall with his father, Devin Davis Sr., and into the Indiana locker room. During pregame warmups, Davis wore earplugs as he watched at midcourt with assistant coaches and team physician, Steve Ahlfeld.

Davis was seriously injured on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 1 in an accident near Memorial Stadium that also involved teammate Emmitt Holt. Holt was suspended four games.


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. SMU


Check out 32 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 74-68 win over SMU at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


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