Against IPFW on Wednesday, Thomas Bryant and James Blackmon Jr. were afterthoughts on offense as both scored a mere four points each during the Hoosiers’ win over the Mastodons. However, tonight it was Bryant and Blackmon Jr. leading the Hoosiers’ offense as Indiana defeated the McNeese State Cowboys 105-60 for the Hoosiers third straight win. It was also the team’s third game this season where they have scored over 100 points.
Blackmon Jr. led all scorers with 24 points and also added five rebounds and a career-high two blocks. Bryant scored 18 points on 7 of 7 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, five of them on the offensive end of the court.
After McNeese State scored five straight points to tie the game at 11-11 with 13 minutes to go, the Hoosiers outscored the Cowboys 28-9 over the ensuing seven minutes and the Hoosiers maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.
A total of five Hoosiers scored in double-figures, with Troy Williams (13 points), Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (12 points), and Max Bielfeldt (11 points) joining Blackmon Jr. and Bryant. Ferrell also had seven assists.
Tevin Jackson, who was averaging only 4.9 points per game for McNeese State heading into Saturday, scored a team-high 13 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Jamaya Burr, the Cowboys leading scorer on the season with 13.9ppg, added 12 points.
The Hoosiers will get the week off to focus on final exams but will get a big test when they face Notre Dame next Saturday in Indianapolis as part of the Crossroads Classic.
Stats From The Boxscore:
- This is the third time this season that the Hoosiers have scored 100+ points in a game. The other two occasions were against Austin Peay (102 points) and Alcorn State (112 points).
- This is also the third time this season that James Blackmon Jr. scored 20+ points. All three games have occurred when the Hoosiers as a team scored 100+ points.
- Blackmon Jr. recorded a career-high two blocks against the Cowboys. He had two blocks during his entire freshman season.
- Thomas Bryant’s performance Saturday (18 points and 9 rebounds) might be his best this season. The nine rebounds tied a season-high he set against Eastern Illinois and the 18 points were one off his season-high 19 that he scored against St. John’s.
- Bryant is also clicking from the charity stripe. After shooting just 58.3% (21 of 36) over his first eight games, Bryant has hit 85.7% (12 of 14) of his free throws during his past three games.
- Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell recorded seven assists to give him 11 games in a row with five or more assists, which is the longest such streak of his career.
- In addition to his 13 points, Troy Williams again stuffed the statsheet with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. Williams also made his first three-pointer in the last six games.
- Not only did the Hoosiers only commit nine turnovers, they also scored 30 points off of the Cowboys’ 19 turnovers.
- McNeese State was ranked tied for 312th in the NCAA in points allowed per game, but had yet to allow another team to score 100+ points until the Hoosiers did Saturday night.
- This is the third straight game the Hoosiers have limited their opponent to under 35% shooting. Morehead State shot 31.4% (16 of 51), IPFW shot 34.8% (23 of 66), and McNeese State shot 31.7% (20 of 63).