Sophomore point guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell led Indiana with 20 points as the Hoosiers beat Southern Indiana 83-68 in an exhibition game on Saturday at Assembly Hall.
Ferrell, the lone returning starter, scored 14 of his points in the first half, but IU struggled. The Hoosiers held a 38-29 lead at halftime, and that dwindled to two points with 16:33 remaining.
Ferrell, senior forward Will Sheehey, graduate transfer Evan Gordon and freshmen Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh started for IU. Williams, a 6-foot-7 small forward, posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as well as three blocks, while the 6-10 Vonleh had nine points and 12 rebounds in his first game.
A few role players from last season showed they're ready to contribute more this year, as well.
Sophomores Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Jeremy Hollowell scored nine and 13 points for IU. Both had double-digit minutes and were the most-used players off the bench for coach Tom Crean.
Still, the Hoosiers missed Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford -- particularly the latter two.
IU was 9 for 21 on three-pointers, and Ferrell had six of those makes. The Hoosiers were also lackluster from the free throw line and made 18 of their 31 attempts.
All but two scholarship players saw time for IU. Freshmen Devin Davis and Stan Robinson were held out because of injuries.