No. 23 Hoosiers Top Samford, 105-59
Nov. 15, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell scored a career-high 26 points and added six assists to lead undefeated Indiana to a 105-59 rout of Samford on Friday. Freshman Noah Vonleh contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds, his third straight double-double to begin his college career.
"I'm very encouraged by the way our team responded over the last few days," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "I thought it was very important that the players grasp how much better they could play and really understand that the way we played the other night is going to be a recipe for disaster. We've got to grow up in a hurry. We've done very little in the form of physical work on the floor."
The Hoosiers led by as many as 51 points and are 3-0 for the fourth time in four seasons. Indiana shot 57.1 percent from the field and outrebounded Samford 53-32 to improve to 10-0 all-time against Southern Conference opponents.
Indiana took a 10-point lead less than five minutes into the game, went up 16 two minutes later and led by 20 for the first time with 12:17 remaining in the half. Samford (1-2) never got closer than 18 after that and trailed by at least 28 throughout the second half.
The Hoosiers made offense look easy. Fourteen of their 18 baskets in the first half came on dunks, layups and tip-ins. In the opening half, Indiana missed 17 shots and five live ball free throws. On those 22 opportunities, the Hoosiers grabbed 12 offensive rebounds.
Ferrell made 8 of 11 shots and a career-high five 3-pointers in seven attempts. He only needed to play 25 minutes to lead Indiana to its highest point total since scoring 107 against Howard on Dec. 19, 2011.
"Well, I think this game we tried to get established an inside presence more early," said Ferrell. "That was a big emphasis on our game plan. We weren't hunting for shots. We were pretty much taking what the game was giving us. We were looking more inside out. It's what coach is pushing for us to do each game."
After leading 54-25 at halftime, Indiana barely eased up despite working in more reserves. Thirteen Hoosiers played in the first half. By night's end, all 18 players had seen action.
Senior Evan Gordon and freshman Troy Williams had 10 points apiece for Indiana. Sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea added a career-high eight points, including a thunderous, one-handed putback dunk in the second half.
Samford was led by 15 points from Tyler Hood. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth in the Southern Conference and have gone seven straight seasons without a winning record. Second-year coach Bernie Seltzer, an assistant at Indiana under Crean, received a round of applause when introduced before the game.
With 1:47 remaining, Crean stopped the game following a timeout and took a microphone to honor longtime Big Ten official Ed Hightower, who plans to retire after this season and was calling his final game at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers return to action in the 2K Sports Classic on Sunday when they take on defending America East champion Stony Brook at 5 p.m. in Assembly Hall.
"I think it's going to be a major battle for us because they're older, they're experienced, they know how to play, they've won," noted Crean. "They've got very good toughness. We're going to need every seat filled on Sunday. I mean, there's no question about it. I know the tickets are already sold. Now we need every seat filled because it will be a great battle for our guys."
The Associated Press contributed to this story
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