At the buzzer: Indiana 82, Ottawa 54
A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 82-54 exhibition win over Ottawa:
How it happened: The Hoosiers used a 21-0 run, which began at the 9:13 mark of the second half to pull away from the Gee-Gees, ranked No. 1 in the preseason Canadian Interuniversity Sport poll. Ottawa, which came in shooting close to 43 percent on 3-pointers through nine games, hit just 5-of-26 shots from distance in the loss.
Standout performance: In his first game in an IU uniform, freshman Thomas Bryant finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes of action. Bryant shot just 5-of-16 from the field, but was active on both ends of the floor. His energy during IU’s second half run helped put the game away.
Number to build on: After shooting just 2-of-7 on 3-pointers in the first half, Indiana found its range in the second half. The Hoosiers hit 5-of-13 of their 3-point attempts in the second half and finished the evening with an effective field goal percentage of 55.1.
Number that needs work: Indiana was sloppy in the first half with 13 of its 19 turnovers coming in the opening 20 minutes. Junior forward Troy Williams had six turnovers in 25 minutes. For a team that was one of the best at taking care of the ball in the Big Ten last season, the Hoosiers must clean things up in their final tuneup next Monday.
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