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Men’s basketball: Indiana cruises past Samford

Updated: December 17, 2013 6:12AM



BLOOMINGTON — Indiana coach Tom Crean was nicer to retiring referee Ed Hightower than his team was to former assistant coach Bennie Seltzer on Friday night.

Crean asked the crowd to applaud Hightower during a timeout late in the Hoosiers’ 105-59 romp over the Bulldogs.

The 105 points were the second-highest total for an IU team under Crean.

“That size, that athleticism, they make for a very tough team to beat,” Seltzer said.

“We did a lot of subbing,” said Crean, who gave every Hoosier playing time in the team’s second 100-point game of the season. “We played everybody, we were deep into the bench in the first half.”

That didn’t stop a few Hoosiers from having big nights as IU improved to 3-0.

Yogi Ferrell had a career-high 26 points and Noah Vonleh had his third double-double in as many games as a Hoosier, with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

“Yogi had his best game, won’t be his last best game,” Crean said. “You could see it coming, the way he absorbed the film from Tuesday. ... He let the game come to him.”

Ferrell admitted IU’s last game, Tuesday’s 73-72 win over LIU Brooklyn, was a “wakeup call.”

“We saw we had some things to work on,” Ferrell said.

The Hoosiers worked to establish their inside presence early against Samford (1-2).

“We weren’t hunting for shots,” Ferrell said.

That allowed IU to build a comfortable lead early. The game was tied 2-2, but IU scored 14 of the next 18 points to take a double-digit lead. Samford would get no closer.

The Hoosiers scored 56 points in the paint. And IU’s 3-point shooting struggles subsided somewhat as well; after a 2-for-8 showing in the first half, the Hoosiers were 4-of-7 on 3s in the second half.

Ferrell helped the stat, shooting 5-of-7 on 3s.

Evan Gordon and Troy Williams had 10 points each in IU’s second 100-point game of the season. The Hoosiers haven’t had more than two 100-point games in any season under Crean.

That could change the way IU’s offense is operating, despite playing a wealth of freshmen.

“We’ve got a great group of freshmen,” Crean said. “We want our depth to be a strength.”

Tyler Hood scored 15 points to lead Samford, which had three other players (Raijon Kelly, Isaiah Williams and Tim Williams) score 10 points each.

“Bennie’s team is very young, and they’ve got some talent,” Crean said. “The No. 1 thing they do is execute offensively. We needed to bust up that execution.”

That they did. The Bulldogs shot 20-of-67 from the field — just 9-of-35 in the first half as they fell behind 54-25 at the break.



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