Aug. 13, 2014
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MONTREAL - The Indiana men's basketball team wrapped up its five-game trip to Canada with a 109-77 win over the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) on Wednesday afternoon. Six Hoosiers scored in double figures as they concluded the trip with a 4-1 record.
Troy Williams paced the IU offense with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists while James Blackmon Jr. was just behind him with 20 points to go with four assists.
Robert Johnson went 4-of-4 from the 3-point line on his way to 17 points and Kevin Yogi Ferrell tallied 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Max Hoetzel connected on a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 12 points and five rebounds and Stanford Robinson was 5-of-5 from the floor for 10 points in the winning effort.
Indiana outrebounded UQAM by a 48-34 margin and shot 60.9 percent from the floor for the game while holding the Citadins to 38.5 percent for the game. Devin Davis pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds while also dishing out two assists.
As in previous games, the second quarter proved to be the difference in this game, with Indiana outscoring UQAM by a 34-16 margin. Indian also scored 66 of the 109 points in the paint.
POSTGAME PLAYER QUOTES
On what he took away from the trip:
"I was able to do more versatile things like handle the ball, having to crash the boards more and also switching onto smaller defenders."
On how the games will help the team:
"I think it gave our team a lot more team chemistry, on and off the court, because we got to spend a lot of time together. On the court, we were able to feel each other out, see what each other likes to do and find out where we are on the floor."
On the team being more self-aware on the court:
"I think that comes from all of us being able to talk to each other. We are all young and we know that we all don't know everything so we try to talk to each other as much as possible. I think that helps us a lot."
On finding consistency going after rebounds:
"Coach Crean talks to me about being consistent and going to the glass every time. So I try to go every time and if the ball bounces my way, I do my best to come up with it."
On the team being more self-aware on the court:
"I think that is the case. We are more together off the court than we are on the court now. Last year's team maybe wasn't always on the same page but now we are all together and thinking the same way. That's how it is on the court. We are not afraid to share anything with each other and we have accountability for what we do."
On what helped build the togetherness:
"Off the court, anyone can hang out with anyone. I can hang out with Stan and Devin one day and then the next day I could hang out with Jeremiah and Tim. We all get along with each other so well."
On what part of his game he is going to work on before the start of the season:
"I'm going to work on more defense and more pick-and-roll situations. I see that now I am in a lot of pick-and-roll situations. It has helped out a lot and I am making good decisions out of it but I still want to work on that more."
On the benefits of the increased muscle put on during the offseason:
"Yes, I have seen that help out a lot after I took it more seriously. Now I can see the difference. I'm not getting pushed around as much and I am finishing more plays."
On the confidence handling the ball:
"Last year I had a hand injury - I always had my left hand bandaged. Now that it is healed, it feels better. I have always been comfortable with the ball, I just couldn't use both hands last year. Now that I have both back, it is much easier for me to handle the ball again."
On having a nice game scoring the ball today:
"It felt good today. You never want to have a game like I did yesterday but Coach Crean kept pounding into my head that I can't let my shot affect the rest of my game. I still have to find ways to impact the game and that's what I was trying to do."
On moving past last night's game and looking towards today's game
"That was the most important thing, it was a learning experience. That is why these games are good. After having the game I had last night, it was like a challenge for me to come out today and not allow last night's game to affect me tonight. I just tried to impact the game and find a rhythm some how."
On the comfort level of helping run the offense when needed:
"I think James and I are interchangeable when it comes to that. Between James, Yogi and myself, we can all initiate the offense and we are all threats so it just makes it easy."
On the team's chemistry off the court:
"I think it is coming along really good. From day one, whenever we went out and did different things, we always did it as a team. From what they tell me, last year it wasn't always like that, so from that standpoint it is good and it has helped bring us together even more."