MBB: Blackmon’s 25 Lead Indiana Over Northwestern

CHICAGO (AP) – James Blackmon Jr. scored 25 points, Yogi Ferrell added 17 and Indiana boosted its NCAA hopes with a 71-56 victory over Northwestern in the second round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
The Hoosiers rolled to an easy win after dropping three in a row and eight of 12. With fans calling for coach Tom Crean’s job in recent weeks, Indiana (20-12) jumped out to a big lead in the early going and withstood a push by Northwestern (15-17) in the second half.
Blackmon, a freshman, finished one point short of his career high. He also had seven assists and six rebounds. Ferrell had five assists. Troy Williams grabbed 12 rebounds and three blocks, and the Hoosiers dominated the Wildcats 42-25 on the glass.
Bryant McIntosh led Northwestern with 13 points. Alex Olah scored 12 but shot just 3 of 10. Vic Law had just four points, and the Wildcats came up short after winning five of seven.

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