The Indiana Hoosiers started the new year off on the right foot with a road win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers 79-69. The Hoosiers now return to Bloomington with two road conference wins after beating Rutgers 79-72 earlier this week.
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell continued his great play from the second half of the Rutgers game as he finished with a game-high 24 points and seven assists. Thomas Bryant dominated in the paint as he converted 8 of 10 shots for 19 points. Bryant also finished with three blocks.
With the Hoosiers leading 30-28 with 3:49 left in the first half, the Cornhuskers went on 11-4 run before Ferrell made a long jumper right before half. That set the pace for Ferrell as he proceed to score 15 of his 24 points in the second half.
The Hoosiers battled back and tied the game at 45 all with 15:41 left in the second half. From that point Indiana outscored Nebraska 17-6 over the next six minutes to give the Hoosiers enough breathing room to hold off the Cornhuskers.
Collin Hartman again started for the injured James Blackmon Jr. but wasn’t as effective on offense as he was against Rutgers, only finishing with three points.
The Hoosiers’ bench again played a huge role as Max Bielfeldt grabbed a team-high six rebounds and O.G. Anunoby provided great energy as well as 11 points.
Nebraska was led by Andrew White and Jack McVeigh as both scored 16 points. However, the Cornhuskers lost their second straight Big Ten game where they had a lead going into half.
The Hoosiers will get to play their first Big Ten home game of the season when they host Wisconsin this Tuesday. The game will be at 7pm and will also include a 40th anniversary celebration of the 1976 Hoosiers, the last college basketball team to finish a season undefeated.