At the buzzer: Indiana 79, Youngstown State 51

  • 12/29/2017 10:08 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 79-51 win over Youngstown State:

How it happened: It was a tale of two halves for Indiana on Friday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers started slow following a week off for Christmas break and led by just nine at halftime over a team that hasn’t beaten a Division I team all season. Indiana turned it over 10 times in the first half and scored just .90 points per possession against one of the worst defensive teams in all of college basketball. The second half, however, was a different story. Zach McRoberts started in place of Al Durham Jr. and gave the Hoosiers a boost once again with his hustle and strong defensive play. By the time McRoberts went to the bench at the 12:34 mark of the second half, the Hoosiers led by 24. IU cruised to its eighth victory of the season from there.

Standout performers: Juwan Morgan had another efficient performance as he shot 7-of-9 from the field to finish with a team-high 16 points. Morgan also had six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 29 minutes. McRoberts added seven points, eight rebounds (five offensive), two steals and a block in 27 minutes off the bench.

Statistic that stands out: Youngstown State missed its first 15 3-point attempts in the game and finished a dreadful 2-of-25 (eight percent) from behind the 3-point arc.

Final IU individual stats:

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  • Donnie Vick


  • Hoosierkamp

    Curious , was the defense good? 2-25, has to Be some good defense ?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Archie Miller got really hot at the players during the late first half timeout. Glad to see it and they played better.

  • Ole Man

    They played some good D. Not great, but improved.

  • Mark Bando

    Jim thomas, steve eyl, brian sloan, pat knight, a.j. moye, zach mcroberts. Who am i missing?

  • vicbert caladipo

    This tells us nothing more than the REAL games now start. Someone posted 5 wins. I won’t argue with that.

  • Dsct1

    A tale of two halves is the correct wording. The first half had me worried it was going to be a nail biting finish. I bet Archie had the same pit in his stomach that many of us fans did as well. Good win now time for the Big season. Having lived in Wisconsin for many years and faithfully flying my IU flag (even during football season) a win against the badger would be a great late Christmas gift

  • vicbert caladipo

    Y S missed a ton of 3’s that ISU and FW made. A lot of the same shots ISU and FW got. YS just missed. Odds were this was going to happen. Just wish the bad luck happened against a bigten opponent

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    Really hoping ZM can continue his stellar play during conf play. He’s really playing great ball and has earned every minute of action he has received. Carpe Diem Mr. McRoberts!

  • Marek Wojciech ?ugowski Lugows

    A waste of a game. If we’re going to schedule from Horizon, it should have been Northern Kentucky.

  • Kwang

    Michael Lewis?

  • Kwang

    No, we should schedule from Verizon, and just let them phone it in.

  • Marek Wojciech ?ugowski Lugows

    In the Hall of Crimson [King], we deserve less cupcakes.

  • I hate purdon’t

    The MAYOR aka old has spoken!

  • Gregory J. Haggard


  • Donnie Vick

    Hope he recovers quickly, but this was probably the last opportunity for us to see him play, unless he sets some screens against PU.

  • Donnie Vick

    not this year.

  • Missing Moye

    I think the biggest reason was the shot selection for Youngstown State. It seemed like every 3 they took was contested and early in the shot clock. We could call that improved defense, but it’s likely a mix of that and really bad offense by them.

    I will say that RoJo drew the toughest assignment as usual and absolutely shut down their leading scorer. Hartfield is a 6-6 guard that was averaging almost 15ppg and shooting 45% from 3 coming into the game. He ended up 2-10 (0-4 3pt) for 4pts with 4 TOs.

  • coachv

    pat knight?…lol

  • Ole Man

    I enjoyed the game.
    The team played better.
    A waste to you was fun for me and obviously for the players.

  • Ole Man

    Good observation.
    I think one reason YS rebounded so well was the number of 3s and the long rebounds which resulted.

  • Marek Wojciech ?ugowski Lugows

    It did nothing (good) for our RPI. It did little to prepare our players for NCAA tournament competition. We never played Youngstown State and they have not won against Division I this year. Starting a series with regional up and coming neighbors from Highland Heights/Cincinnati would be great for us and our recruiting. And the players would have more meaningful experience, and fun, and you too. And we still shat at shooting three.

  • Mark Bando

    Scrappy hustler who did all the little things, just like mcroberts.

  • Mark Bando

    A chip off the old block

  • Mark Bando

    Well lewis was definitely a scrappy hustler who gave his all and did the little things

  • VanPastorMan

    Sloan Screen 45, a meaner picker than Waylon Jennings.