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INDIANAPOLIS — Silenced by foul trouble through the first 20 minutes, it appeared Yogi Ferrell’s big day would have to wait.
Ferrell made sure it did’t wait too long.
The Indiana junior took over in the second half, scoring all 20 of his points after halftime to spark the Hoosiers to an 82-73 win over No. 23 Butler on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In doing so, Ferrell became the 48th player in program history to record 1,000 career points.
The win is IU coach Tom Crean’s 300th career victory.
Troy Williams added a banner day of his own, tying his career high with 22 points and finishing off a double-double with
nine 11 rebounds.
Ferrell played 19 minutes in the second half after playing only nine in the first, making the game his own after Butler took a six-point lead — its largest of the afternoon — at the 13:48 mark.
From there, Indiana outscored Butler 19-8 over the next five minutes and never looked back.
IU outrebounded Butler 48-40, while shooting 42 percent to the Bulldogs’ 39 percent. The Hoosiers added eight 3-pointers.
Indiana sped up Butler through the first 10 minutes, but also picked up five fouls before the Bulldogs earned their first. That margin shrunk by the end of the half, when Butler guard Alex Barlow was called for his third personal of the afternoon.
Butler scored each of its first 31 points either in the paint or at the free throw line until Dunham hit a jumper on the wing with 1:51 remaining before halftime. That basket sparked Dunham to score the next five points of the half, closing what was once a 10-point Indiana lead and tying the game at 38 going into the intermission.
Williams authored his most impressive first half of the season, going off for a team-high 12 points in the first 20 minutes, including his first 3-pointer of the season.
This story will be updated.
Freshman Jess Walter led the Hoosiers in a return to her home state of Michigan Saturday, scoring 16 points in a 88-61 win for the Indiana women’s basketball team at Oakland.
Ten Hoosiers scored during the contest, including four players in double figures. Two players recorded double-doubles, with 11 points and 10 assists for Larryn Brooks and 15 points and 10
assists rebounds for freshman forward Amanda Cahill.
IU started the game with some hot shooting, hitting 6-of-8 3-point attempts before missing their next five. The Hoosiers finished 12-of-26 from beyond the arc and 36-of-66 (54.3 percent) from the field.
Walter and the bench played a key role, producing 48 points. Karlee McBride was IU’s fourth player in double figures with 14, and Alexis Gassion had nine points, five rebounds and a block.
Oakland shot 38 percent from the field but was also hampered by 19 turnovers.
This story was originally printed in Friday’s Herald-Times:
The genesis of the annual Crossroads Classic was something of a pet project for the athletic directors at Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler.
The idea was to resurrect the old Hoosier Classic that pit the four major in-state programs against one another to give basketball fans statewide something to get excited about around the holidays. In the four years since its inception, the event has accomplished that, and if a three-year extension signed during the summer is any indication, it’s not going anywhere.
For Indiana, there are two sides to that equation. On one, the Crossroads Classic allows IU fans around the midstate area to see the team play annually in a unique setting at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the Hoosiers will face Butler on Saturday at 2:30. On the other hand, committing to the Crossroads Classic through the 2019 season has cost Indiana a chance at other major marquee games on its non-conference schedule.
But, at least right now, IU athletic director Fred Glass says the Crossroads makes sense for Indiana.
“It’s a great event for Indiana University basketball fans, especially those in central Indiana who maybe aren’t ticket holders and don’t get a chance to see the Hoosiers live,” Glass said. “This time of year, around Christmas time, I think it’s created a lot of tradition with fathers and daughters, and grandpas and grandsons. I know there are a lot of Indiana University people around Indianapolis who have made this part of their holiday tradition, so I think it’s just a great opportunity for our fans to see their team in a little bit of a different context and a little bit of a different venue.” (more…)
A big recruiting week continued Thursday for Indiana, which picked up verbal commitments from Largo (Fla.) High School teammates Jonathan Crawford and Donavan Hale.
Crawford, a 6-foot-2, three-star prospect who also had offers from Louisville and Iowa, will likely play safety at Indiana. Hale, a 6-foot-3, Rivals two-star prospect as an athlete, also received offers from Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others.
A source with knowledge of Hale’s recruitment says he also has an opportunity to play basketball for Indiana.
Hale, considered a three-star basketball prospect according to ESPN, also received a hoops offer from Florida State, where his father, Ron, averaged 12.3 points per game at FSU from 1997-2000. The Tampa Bay Times reported last week that Hale will miss his senior season while he recovers from a torn meniscus and an ACL injury.
Both players announced their commitments through their Twitter accounts on Thursday night.
IU now has 17 players in its 2015 recruiting class. Crawford and Hale represent the sixth and seventh players to commit to Indiana since Sunday morning, joining three-star Georgia quarterback Austin King, three-star Carmel athlete Isaac James, three-star Maryland safety Tyler Green, three-star Virginia athlete Mike Majette and Missouri offensive lineman DaVondre Love.
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The good news is that Devin Davis is expected to return to school when Indiana’s spring semester begins on Jan. 12.
From there, a timetable for Davis’ return to the court remains unclear.
IU coach Tom Crean spent a portion of his Friday availability with reporters expounding upon his comments on various radio programs this week, saying that the sophomore forward has made great progress since suffering a traumatic brain injury in a Nov. 1 incident, but that Davis is still not particularly close to returning to practice or otherwise.
“What’s most important is that he heals properly,” Crean said, “that he knows it’s here when he gets back and that he can get back to being a student, because he’s been a fantastic student here, a very good student here. He was doing very well at the time of the accident, had a very good summer, had a very good freshman year. It’s certainly not going to be a normal year for him. But the more you can bring normalcy back to him in the sense of getting him back to what a 19‑, 20‑year‑old structure should be like, the more we can get to that in the sense of him having his classes, being around his teammates.”
IU views the winter break as a pivotal period of progress for Davis, as he continues to work through outpatient rehabilitation in Indianapolis with the goal of returning to Bloomington when classes resume in three weeks.
There remains a possibility that Davis could take a redshirt and bank the year of eligibility, but Crean was non-committal when asked on Friday. The Indiana coach said the thought of redshirting Davis has crossed his mind, but it will ultimately be up to Davis, if and when he’s cleared to play this season.
“I think that becomes a personal choice,” Crean said. “I mean, there’s never been any destination date in our mind or my mind. There’s never been any target date. I don’t think there’s been one in his. I think his bottom line is he would have loved to have been healthy enough to play now. Would he have liked to have played by now? Probably. The whole thing is, let’s not be in a rush, let’s just get better. Every injury’s hard, right? This is completely different because you’re dealing with the brain. It’s very hard to put a time assessment on that.”
In the meantime, Crean said he and his staff have contingency plans in place should Davis be deemed available to play. Davis has been a regular at games over the last month, sitting with family members in the first rows of bleachers behind the Indiana bench. Crean said earlier in the week that he hopes Davis will be soon be cleared to at least sit on the bench during games.
Either way, Davis has made his presence felt, whether it’s at a game or practice, or simply keeping in touch with his friends on the team.
“It’s been great to have him back,” James Blackmon Jr. said. “He’s like a brother to every one of us. He’s talked to me a lot about things I need to work on and he’s done the same for everyone else, too. Even though he’s not playing, he’s still been a big part of our success.”
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What was at first a tight road contest turned into another decisive win for the Indiana women’s basketball team Sunday, with an 82-56 victory against Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center.
Larryn Brooks led IU with 16 points and was one assist short of a double-double with nine assists. Tyra Buss almost came away with a double-double, too, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Cahill had 13 points and eight rebounds.
In the first half, the Hoosiers were hampered by foul trouble. Every starter picked up at least two fouls during the first 20 minutes, and Taylor Agler came away with three. Ten first-half turnovers also helped the Panthers hold tight with the Hoosiers, who carried a single-digit lead into halftime, 40-31.
“The frustrating part was the10 turnovers we had, five of them being offensive charges,” IU head coach Teri Moren said. “Trying to adjust there at halftime was we have to shoot more midrange jumpers. We are not going to be effective trying to get to the basket because of the way the game was being played.”
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