MBB: Indiana Routs Savannah State, 95-49

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana improved to 7-1 with a 95-49 victory Saturday evening at Assembly Hall, holding Savannah State to a season low for an IU opponent this season in a game the Hoosiers were never threatened.

Led by 18 points from both James Blackmon Jr. and Kevin Yogi Ferrell, four Hoosiers scored in double-figures, also including Troy Williams (12) and Robert Johnson (10).

Ferrell also dished out a team-high seven assists, while Johnson led Indiana on the boards with seven.

IU trailed only once, 3-1 with 17:50 to go in the first half, before going on a 9-0 run capped by an alley-oop by Williams to take an early 10-3 lead. Ferrell had four points during that stretch and finished the first stanza with 11 points as Indiana went on a 31-8 run to close out the half and head into the locker room with a 43-17 halftime advantage.

The Tigers’ 17 points at intermission were the lowest by an IU opponent since March 2, 2013, when Iowa was held to 14 in the first half.

Sparked by a basket and free throw from Williams, Indiana opened the second half with an 11-4 run to extend the Hoosier lead to 54-21. Williams scored nine of his 12 points in the second period.

The Hoosiers shot 65 percent (17-for-26) from the field in the second half and would extend their lead to as large as 48 with 1:49 left in the game.

Indiana out-rebounded Savannah State, 42-24 and doubled-up the Tigers from the arc, led by Blackmon’s four 3-pointers.

Indiana next plays in the Jimmy V Classic, its first game away from Bloomington, on Tuesday vs. No. 5 Louisville at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and tips off at 9 p.m. ET.

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