On Sunday night, Indiana bounced back from their season opening loss to defeat Howard by a score of 86-77.
Indiana head coach Archie Miller was pleased with some of the things he saw during his first regular season win at IU.
“It was a good win for our team,” said Miller. “It was our first time on the floor playing against some different types of defenses; whether it was matchup or zone. I think it took us a while to massage the game, but I thought we did some good things by getting it down low. And there was also a lot of unselfish passing and plays. I think this game resembles what we want to be about.”
De’Ron Davis once again led the way for the Hoosiers. He finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Indiana also received big contributions from freshmen Justin Smith and Al Durham. Smith recorded his first career double-double and finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Durham also provided the Hoosiers with some nice play off the bench, finishing with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Smith felt his efforts in practice did a good job of keeping him ready for when his name was called.
“I just try to do a good job of staying ready,” said Smith. “I try to get reps at any position. So whenever my name is called, I’m able to step into that position and do it well.”
Senior guard Robert Johnson also finished in double figures, adding 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Smith was forced into playing extra minutes in the contest when junior forward Juwan Morgan went down with an ankle injury in the first half. Archie Miller said they will know more on the injury later in the week.
The Hoosiers have had a difficult time getting off to good starts in their first three games this year. However, on Sunday night, the Hoosiers energy level was much better from the start despite the score being close in the first half.
Archie Miller was pleased with the start his team got off to against Howard.
“I think we got off to a really good start in terms of the first four to eight minutes of getting fouled,” said Miller.
The Hoosiers improved start to the game was fueled by sophomore guard Devonte Green.
Green came out of the gates fast, scoring seven of the Hoosiers first nine points. Green didn’t play his greatest game on Friday night against ISU, but on Sunday night, he had a much more aggressive approach from the opening tipoff. Green wouldn’t score after that and finished with 7 points on the night.
With just under six minutes left in the first half, IU only had a one point lead at 21-20. IU was doing a nice job of getting fouled and getting to the free throw line. However, the Hoosiers were unable to convert their free throws as they missed their first seven attempts from the charity stripe. IU would finish the night 12-29 at the free throw line.
IU would go on a 16-7 run during the final six minutes of the first half. Despite only converting four of their fourteen free throws in the first half, the Hoosiers found themselves leading 37-27 at the halftime break.
At the beginning of the second half, the Hoosiers picked right up where they left off in the first half. IU used a 12-5 run at the beginning of the second half to extend their lead to 49-32.
The Hoosiers led by as many as 18 points in the second half, but the Bison were able to cut the deficit down to seven in the final minute of the game. However, the Hoosiers would not allow them to get any closer and maintained their lead in the final minute.
The Hoosiers will return to action when they travel to New Jersey to take on top 25 opponent Seton Hall. The game is a part of the Gavitt games and is set to tipoff at 6:30 PM on Wednesday night.