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The Minute After: Laval University

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MONTREAL — Thoughts on a 110-70 win over Laval University:

After an offseason full of arrivals and departures, the first look at the 2014-15 Indiana Hoosiers was unveiled on Friday night on the first game of a five-game tour through Canada.

And the early returns were promising.

On a night where Indiana was without junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea (visa issues) and freshman Jeremiah April (ankle), Tom Crean opted to go small from the get-go with a starting lineup of Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Troy Williams and Nick Zeisloft.

The Hoosiers wasted little time scoring early in possessions as a 24-second shot clock produced a frantic pace that only Indiana could keep over a full 40 minutes.

After Laval hung in for a quarter and even led for portions of the first 10 minutes, Indiana finally exploded in the third quarter. The Hoosiers hung 34 third quarter points and were on their way to a comfortable win.

A look at some of the tempo-free numbers: Indiana’s effective field goal percentage was strong (57.3) as was its offensive rebounding percentage (38.4). The Hoosiers did, however, turn it over on 18.3 percent of their possessions. And while Indiana did clamp down defensively in the second half, holding Laval to just 27 points over the last two quarters, it did allow an effective field goal percentage of 50. That was driven, in large part, by Laval hitting 11 of its 30 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.

Individually, there were several standouts.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Laval University

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MONTREAL — Check out 9 photos by Joe Eke from Indiana’s 110-70 win over Laval University on Friday night at Brebeuf College.

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Video: Tom Crean, IU players react to win over Laval

MONTREAL — Indiana opened its five-game Canadian tour with a comfortable 110-70 win over Laval University on Friday night at Brebeuf College.

Following the win, Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell (22 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals), Robert Johnson (12 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Troy Williams (21 points, six rebounds and a steal) met with the media to discuss the win.

Watch video of both press conferences below:

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Hanner Mosquera-Perea not on Canada trip

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MONTREAL — Indiana will begin its five-game tour in Canada without a player who figures to be a major part of the upcoming season.

Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was not at Indiana’s first game against Laval University at Brebeuf College on Friday night. An IU spokesperson said Mosquera-Perea’s absence was due to a visa related issue and that it was possible he could join the team later on the tour.

“It’s truly a day-to-day thing,” Tom Crean said prior to the tip-off of the tour.

Through his first two seasons in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea has averaged 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game.

Earlier this summer, Crean spoke about the importance of Mosquera-Perea taking a step forward entering his junior season.

“It’s time to play. It’s time to be really serious about playing extended minutes,” Crean said. “It’s time to be an enforcer at the basket. It’s time to show that toughness that his body gives you. It’s going to have to happen or he won’t be out there as much. We need his consistency. It’s no more fun and games, now it’s time for you to lock in and mature and not anymore talk, let’s get at it.”

Video: Rawle Alkins, Kyle Guy highlights at adidas Nations

Christ the King (NY) guard Rawle Alkins posted 19 points (7-of-12) in a losing effort for Team Wall in Sunday’s championship finals of adidas Nations. Alkins flashed a strong ability to get to the rim off the bounce and threw down an emphatic lefty dunk near the end of the game.

Lawrence Central’s Kyle Guy added eight points (4-of-7) on two jump shots, a breakaway lay-up and a runner from the right side.

Watch their highlights in the embedded media players below:

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Video: Tom Crean previews IU’s Montreal tour

Indiana coach Tom Crean discussed his team’s upcoming five-game exhibition tour that begins on Friday in Montreal earlier this afternoon. Watch his comments below, courtesy of IU Athletics:

Video: Thon Maker, Eron Gordon adidas Nations highlights

In the championship finals of adidas Nations, Indiana targets Thon Maker and Eron Gordon of Team Lillard helped best Team Wall, 106-78.

Maker put up an efficient line, going 6-of-6 from both the floor and the line. He finished the game with 18 points and eight boards. Maker ran the floor and was rewarded with dunk opportunities while continuing to flash range from the outside.

In a game with the defense asleep at the wheel, Gordon got a healthy amount of breakaway looks at the rim en route to 16 points (8-of-15) with his brother and former IU star Eric watching courtside.

Watch their highlights in the embedded media players below:

Maker:

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