Men's Basketball

    Indiana Defeats McGill For Third Win

    Go Hoosiers! James Blackmon Jr.
    Go Hoosiers!
    James Blackmon Jr.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Aug. 12, 2014

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    MONTREAL - The Indiana men's basketball team posted a 96-69 victory over McGill University at Love Competition Hall in Montreal on Tuesday evening. The win improves the Hoosiers to 3-1 on their trip to Canada with one game remaining.

    The final game of the trip will be against the University of Quebec at Montreal starting at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

    After jumping out to a 28-17 advantage after the first period, Indiana used a 34-12 run over the course of the second period to create the separation and cruise to the win. The Hoosiers defense held McGill to fewer than 20 points in three of the four periods in the game.

    The Hoosiers shot 48 percent from the game, but started out hot in the first half, connecting on 56.4 percent (22-of-39). McGill shot just 38.7 percent from the floor for the game and hit just 7-of-28 attempts from behind the 3-point line.

    Indiana also converted 15-of-16 at the free throw line while McGill was 4-of-9 at the charity stripe.

    Freshman James Blackmon Jr. led the Hoosiers with 21 points - connecting on 8-of-13 from the floor - to go along with five rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Troy Williams tallied 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win for IU.

    Redshirt junior Nick Zeisloft chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds off the bench, including a 3-of-5 effort from 3-point range. Sophomore Stanford Robinson also made an impact off the bench, tallying 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.

    The fifth Hoosiers player to reach double figures was junior Kevin Yogi Ferrell, who finished with 11 points. Freshman Tim Priller made a pair of 3-point field goals on his way to eight points in the contest and sophomore Devin Davis totaled seven points (3-of-3 field goals), three rebounds and two assists. Freshman Max Hoetzel made both of his free throw attempts and also blocked a pair of shots in the game.


    James Blackmon Jr.

    On how the team moved on from the win over Carleton:
    "I think we came back pretty well. Our chemistry is getting better every game. We are starting to understand our personnel, how they play and where they want the ball. Everything is getting better."

    On the play of Nick Zeisloft:
    "He's definitely a big contributor to our team. We definitely need him. He is leading us and being a big vocal guys that brings us together in the huddle. We definitely need that."

    On the improvement of Devin Davis from last year to this year:
    "He is improving really well. We are going to need him this year to rebound for us. He has taken his opportunity and stepped up to the challenge. He has improved a lot from last year."

    On the communication on the court this year:
    "I think we are a more vocal team this year. This trip has really helped us - Yogi and I are really talking to each other about where we want the ball and getting together is going to be our strength."

    Nick Zeisloft

    On his success shooting the ball the last two games:
    "Tonight was the same thing as last teammates got me involved, found me when I was open and made the plays themselves when they were open. It just comes down to us playing basketball, moving the basketball and succeeding at a high level when we do so."

    On how the team still learns from the games despite playing games on four straight days:
    "Fatigue really isn't a factor for us. We can't let that hit us at all. We have gotten better each and every game so far - minus the third quarter tonight - and we are going to continue to carry that into tomorrow and learn from every game, quarter, minute and possession on the entire trip."

    Besides playing the games, what has been the best part of the trip:
    "These trips only come once every four years and I am fortunate to have two of them (went on one at Illinois State). They are awesome. There is no better thing out there for us, as teammates and friends, than getting to know each other. It has been a great trip."

    Tim Priller

    On his improved play with each game on the trip:
    "I think I have improved a lot. I definitely need to get better - everyone needs to get better - but I need to get better at some things. My teammates are really helping me out. There is no negativity on the team and they are really just pushing me to do better and help them out as well."

    On what areas he need to improve upon:
    "I definitely have to earn my minutes, it is not just a given thing. I think I need to rebound, that is probably the biggest thing for me that I need to work on."

    On playing a number of minutes with the older players:
    "Everyone is a good player on this team and I'm a team player, so playing with everyone really helps me."

    On the benefits of the trip for the guys that committed later:
    "(Jeremiah April) and I came to campus before Rob, James and Max. So we really bonded a lot and were together a lot over the summer so that helped. Then this trip really helps everyone bond together. We went to Six Flags, we went to the beach and those kinds of things really help everyone get to know each other."




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