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.
It only took about five minutes for Indiana to establish their dominance over Eastern Illinois.
After leading 9-7 with 15:11 to play in the first half, the Hoosiers outscored the Panthers 40-10 the rest of the half on their way to a comfortable 88-49 win in the season opener.
“I think it was just the whole energy of the place picked up,” senior Max Bielfeldt said. “We got a couple offensive rebounds. We got some big plays by a lot of the guys and just built on one thing to the next. Defense picked up and we were getting stops. It just all piled on to bring the energy way up and we just rode that and it turned out to be a really good thing.”