DES MOINES, Iowa (March 17, 2016)-
The Chattanooga Mocs are an experienced group of veteran players, but that’s wasn’t enough to overcome the sharp shooting Hoosiers.
On Thursday we watched as two 12 seeds upset two 5 seeds before Indiana played Chattanooga, and the Hoosiers wanted no part of that storyline. Indiana successfully avoided an upset with a dominant shooting night, shooting 64.9% from field goal range.
“It all started on the defensive end,” freshman center Thomas Bryant said of the Hoosiers sharp shooting night. “We turned it into transition points and points that we needed out there on the court and it helped us a lot.”
If this game is any indication as to how the Hoosiers will perform for the remainder of the tournament, they will be a tough 5 seed to beat.
“I mean it’s a great start,” Troy Williams said in the lockeroom after the game. “Coming out and making the right plays and hitting big shots and finding open people, it’s a great start for us.”
On top of their sharp shooting, on one of the biggest games of the season, Yogi Ferrell had a career night, recording his first ever double double with 20 points and 10 assists.
“I finally got that double double,” Ferrell said with pride. “There have been a bunch of times that I’ve had 9 assists but to get that 10th one now, my first one, it’s just the result of my team.”
“You put a normal guy in some of the plays he was trying to make and it would be a turnover,” senior Max Biefeldt said as he bragged on his teammate. “He makes that big time pass or that big time score and it’s hard to replicate that.”
The Hoosiers will play the winner of the Kentucky and Stony Brook game, on Saturday.