BLOOMINGTON – Noah Vonleh recorded his fourth consecutive double-double, Yogi Ferrell had more than 20 points for the second straight game and Indiana rolled past Stony Brook 90-74 on Sunday at Assembly Hall.
This will come back as being an outstanding victory for us for many reasons, IU coach Tom Crean said.
The Hoosiers (4-0) got 18 points and 15 rebounds from Vonleh, who is emerging as one of the best freshmen in the country despite how strong the class seems to be.
He really wants to be great. He’s got a tremendous humility, Crean said of Vonleh. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in that class, and there’s a lot of great players.
Ferrell, a sophomore, followed up a career-high 26 points against Samford with 24 against the Seawolves (3-1). The guard was 7 of 16 from the floor and also had six assists and five rebounds.
Coach has kind of just been telling me to not rush anything really – pick and choose my spots, said Ferrell, who scored 14 second-half points and hit three 3-pointers. Guys are, I feel like, a lot more confident now. They’re not going out there and trying to force too much really. They’re letting the game come to them, and we’re going to need that down the road.
A foul-fraught first half ended with Indiana leading 41-35 at Assembly Hall.
Both IU and the Seawolves reached the bonus within the first 10 minutes, and the teams drew 28 fouls in the first half. Despite shooting 15 of 28 from the line, the Hoosiers were able to forge a lead as they attacked the rim and shot 60 percent from the floor.
The second half featured 27 more fouls, and eight players between both teams had three or more fouls by the under-8 timeout in the second half.
Senior forward Will Sheehey, who scored the first seven points of the game for the Hoosiers, had just two the rest of the way and played 13 minutes thanks to foul trouble. He fouled out with 2:20 to go in the game.
Crean got into the senior when he got to the bench after that foul.
The last foul that you had cannot affect your last play, Crean said. Will’s better than that. We needed more from him tonight.
IU shot 44.1 percent in the second half, but its free-throw shooting improved. The Hoosiers hit 15 of 21 free throws and outrebounded Stony Brook 27-12 in the final 20 minutes.
Free-throw misses by the Hoosiers, who went 30 of 49 overall from the line, made the game closer than it should have been even with the lopsided result.
IU scored 90 or more points for the third time in four games, and the Hoosiers finished shooting 50 percent from the floor. I think that they did a great job tonight of drawing the contact, creating, isolating, Crean said. We’ve just got to continue to harp on what the identity is – whether it’s the intensity, whether it’s the way we get back on defense.