IU thumps Bellarmine in exhibition

IU thumps Bellarmine in exhibition

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 11/12-ranked Indiana University men's basketball team defeated Bellarmine University, 73-49, in the team's final exhibition game on Saturday night at the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

Sophomore OG Anunoby led three Hoosiers in double-figures with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field. Classmate Thomas Bryant had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with seven rebounds, while James Blackmon, Jr. scored all of his 10 points in the second half to go with four rebounds and two assists.

For the game, Indiana shot 47.5 percent (29-of-61) from the field and out-rebounded Bellarmine – the No. 3-ranked team in NCAA D-II – 40-32. IU forced 20 Bellarmine turnovers and out-scored the Knights, 44-22, in the paint.

Leading Bellarmine 16-10 with 9:29 left in the first half, Indiana seized control of the game with a 20-8 run over the next 7:22 minutes to take the team's largest lead of the half, 36-18.

Anunoby led the Hoosiers, scoring 17 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the floor to help Indiana take a 38-21 lead in to the break. Robert Johnson had seven points in the first 20 minutes for the Hoosiers, who shot 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from the field as a team. Bryant added six points on 3-of-3 shooting for IU.

The Hoosiers came out hot to start the second half, reeling off a 9-0 run over the first 3:07 to push the team's lead to 47-21. Freshman Grant Gelon had a nice final few minutes for the Hoosiers, scoring the team's last six points.

Junior Robert Johnson had seven points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals for the Hoosiers, while classmate Josh Newkirk had six points, a game-high four assists and three rebounds for IU.

Freshman De'Ron Davis had four points, three steals, two rebounds and two assist for Indiana, while fellow freshman Freddie McSwain, Jr. had a game-high eight rebounds.

The No. 11/12 Hoosiers will tip-off the regular season on Friday, Nov. 11 when the team faces No. 2/3 Kansas in the State Farm Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. ET.