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.
Indiana dropped its opener in the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday with an 82-78 loss to Wake Forest at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Demon Deacons:
· Indiana’s ball pressure and defense has a long way to go: Through three games, Indiana’s defense looked improved.
On Monday, the Hoosiers took a step back when they allowed Wake Forest to drive uncontested into the lane repeatedly and score easily at the basket. Danny Manning’s team kept going to what was working for a majority of the game: Get into the lane and finish at the rim.
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.