Seniors lead Indiana to road win at Minnesota

  • 01/16/2016 4:28 pm in

A win is a win. That’s been the motto for Indiana on the road thus far in Big Ten play.

The Hoosiers outlasted Minnesota, 70-63, at Williams Arena Saturday to move to 15-3 overall and 5-0 in the conference.

“We’re really proud of this win because we had to earn it,” Tom Crean said in his postgame press conference. “We knew that we would have to here. I don’t get caught up in people’s records as much as you look at what they’re capable of and they’re potential, and they have that.”

Yogi Ferrell took over the game for IU in the second half. He scored a game-high 20 points, had seven assists to move to second place all-time in Indiana history and added six rebounds.

Ferrell, with 544 assists, sits just one assist behind Michael Lewis for most in school history. Quinn Buckner drops to third.

“I definitely want the milestones,” Ferrell said. “But the main thing I want is to win.”

Ferrell help from a different bunch than normal, as Nick Zeisloft, Max Bielfeldt and Thomas Bryant all reached double-figures. Zeisloft broke out of his slump with five 3s, including four in the first half.

“When our guys see him make shots, that’s a big, big thing to them,” Crean said. “We don’t treat Nick like he’s the kicker and (tell him to) go stand off on the side and get ready to do your thing.”

Bryant, who had seven rebounds to go along with his 10 points, didn’t play in the final 7:31 on the game despite not being in foul trouble. Bielfeldt took his place, and was solid, getting 10 points for himself and four rebounds. He scored the first four points of the game for IU as well.

“We grew up inside of the game,” Crean said. “I thought our leadership especially led by our seniors and juniors was tremendous in this game. The response of the seniors was huge.”

Johnson, Hartman struggle

The reason Indiana had to count on other players was because foul trouble limited two key contributors, Robert Johnson and Collin Hartman. The duo combined for just six points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Johnson picked up his fourth foul early in the second half, just after staying in the game following his third foul. He wouldn’t return until late in the game. Hartman finished with three fouls.

“We didn’t have a great start, but it wasn’t because we weren’t prepared, and it wasn’t because we took it for granted,” Crean said. “We took too many jump shots to start. We have to establish our game for us in the paint.”

Taking care of the ball

One of the key reasons IU was able to hold on throughout the afternoon despite its poor shooting was the ability to hold onto the ball in the second half. IU finished the game with 13 turnovers, 10 of which were in the first half while the other three came in the first 3:26 of the second half.

“We knew we were going to get a good shot from them,” Bielfeldt said. “It’s any team, any given night. Rutgers last year beat Wisconsin, you never know. You can’t take anything for granted.”

(Photo credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Ole Man

    Not having Bryant in the game the last 7:31 was ridiculous. It was obvious that Max was gassed.

  • kris

    Ugly game, so hard fought, bad officiating, etc. Fantastic win.

  • Darrell Allen

    That is the most ridiculous statement I have read to date! Max is the strongest, most even-keeled veteran big man on the team!

  • You’ve been dropping that comment in every thread, it seems. Have you considered that maybe there’s a reason he wasn’t playing?

  • Do I have to see this comment in every game thread? Give it a rest.

  • Ole Man

    Really? Apparently you’re not reading what you’re posting.
    Max is an excellent sub. And he certainly deserves credit for this play to date.
    Simply because you don’t understand the term “gassed”, you post asinine stuff.
    Gassed means out of energy. He could have used a blow, a minute or two on the bench. Then, if Crean wanted to keep using him, put him back in. But he was barely able to keep up at the end.

  • Ole Man

    No. Skip by it.
    Or post an answering thought rather than whining about seeing it so much.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Considering that this seems to be pretty much the only complaint Ole Man had with the game, and that we won… we should take it! At least he expects/wants excellence!

    I do definitely wonder what the reason was for keeping him out. TB did certainly seem to be getting frustrated by all the uncalled hacking. He did take a pop in the face when he hit the deck.

    If CTC had TB in there and he got T’ed up and it turned into a sour loss, you can bet there’e be 50x more posters bitching about how it’s on the coach for the mistake leaving an immature freshman in the game on the road in a tightly contested and physical match…

    Fair point for Ole Man that Max looked tired, but regardless if why, I’ll take the result 10/10 times.

  • iuoiu

    I believe the quote from the BTN announcer late in the second half was “Indiana’s lineup is now Yogi Ferrell and a bunch of subs”. I laughed at that one because it was fairly accurate, then I realized that we probably had the most experienced lineup on the floor that we have seen in possibly decades. Get this, 2 5th year players (Max, Nick), a senior (Yogi), junior (Colin) and a soph (Robert). Yes, it’s not the most impactful or electric group, but it was the one most equipped to hold on to a thin lead on the road in the BIG.

  • ForeverIU

    How is it less relevant here than on other threads?

  • ForeverIU

    As I said in an earlier comment, you love your Germans, and it’s no secret.

  • pdhoosier

    Announcer was mildly inaccurate, as Colin, a starter this year and last, immediately scored following the comment. And Rob was not in, twas THEE OG!

  • So IN Hoosier

    IU should just hire you as coach! Obviously know more about the personnel than Crean.

  • So IN Hoosier

    Certain people just have to be haters!

  • cooper

    Hartman has not been good this year. He is behind OG and Bielfeldt and it isn’t close. Should’ve been an easier fake but 5-0 is solid. Now time to see if we can play with the top teams

  • Bankshot

    Bryant was playing like a freshman on the road in the BIG 10. Terrible.

  • Bankshot

    You mean the flop and all the crying. This is the BIG 10!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    you’re right, he hasn’t been very effective at all. early foul trouble, poor defense, missing open 3’s. unless he steps it up, and i think he’s capable, my guess is we’ll see his minutes dwindling when the competition ramps up. i just hope OG and JM are ready to step it up.