BLOOMINGTON – Indiana leads Oakland 50-30 at halftime at Assembly Hall.
IU picked up where it left off in terms of ball movement during a 17-assist game Saturday. The Hoosiers passed well from the start, creating chances at the foul line and assists en route to a 13-5 lead over the Golden Grizzlies by the under-16 timeout.
But a problem surfaced at that stoppage, too. Sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell picked up a second foul trying to draw a charge and would have to sit with 15:45 left in the first half.
But IU, playing an 18-point underdog, didn't drop off much with Ferrell on the bench. The Hoosiers didn't commit a turnover for the first 7:15 of the game and finished the first half with just five.
Graduate transfer Evan Gordon came on for Ferrell and followed up a season-high 15 points with 16 in the first half alone. He is 13-of-15 for 31 points in 32 minutes after going 7-of-9 for 15 in 19 minutes in a win against North Florida on Saturday.
Freshman forward Troy Williams stood out in Ferrell's absence, as well. He scored 11 points and had three rebounds in the first half. But sophomore forward Jeremy Hollowell might have been the best behind-the-scenes player. He scored six points and had seven rebounds while holding Travis Bader, Oakland's leading scorer with 21.1 points per game, to 1-of-7 shooting and an 0-for-5 line on 3-pointers. Bader entered the matchup shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc and also has two early fouls for the Golden Grizzlies.