With more players back, Hoosiers knock off No. 22 SMU
BLOOMINGTON – It’s not quite all together yet.
There is still one person missing from the Indiana men’s basketball collective for the 2014-2015 season and that’s Devin Davis. He’s no longer in the hospital after being hit by a car being driven by teammate Emmitt Holt, but he’s back in Indianapolis continuing rehabilitation.
But for the first time all year long, Tom Crean had almost his full team on the floor for a game at Assembly Hall. Holt was back from suspension along with guard Stanford Robinson and forward Troy Williams as the Hoosiers were at full strength minus one.
After a rocky few weeks with in the program–with most of the tough sledding coming off the court–Indiana showed its first signs of coming together on the court as they knocked off 22nd-ranked SMU 74-68 Thursday evening at Assembly Hall.
True freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. continues to impress with his early play by leading the Hoosiers with 26 points while Yogi Ferrell had 16 and Nick Zeisloft ten. Indiana found comfort behind the three-point line and had success 36 percent of the time as they knocked down 12 of their 33 attempts from behind the arc.
Those three-pointers helped the Hoosiers erase an early 12-point deficit in the second half as they hit three to finish out the first half and go up by five at the break. SMU had the lead again for the first ten minutes of the second half until the Hoosiers found their rhythm on the outside.
Five more triples in the final nine minutes helped to put the Hoosiers back in the lead and continually shut down rallies by the Mustangs. Ferrell’s three-pointer with 1:59 finally helped Indiana put SMU away to complete their best moment in a young season in which the team is getting closer to being whole.