BLOOMINGTON – LIU-Brooklyn is teaching Indiana some frustrating realities at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers trail the Blackbirds 36-33 at halftime.
IU is playing nothing like it did in its season-opening win, and much of that has to do with it being too trigger-happy from distance.
The Hoosiers are settling for 3-pointers instead of driving, and IU is 1 for 16 from beyond the arc.
The Hoosiers have eight turnovers to one assist, and while there weren't many assists in the win against Chicago State, this game features a lot more one-on-one takes – and a lot more misses.
Freshman forward Noah Vonleh is the only player in double digits for IU. The 6-foot-10 forward has 11 points and four rebounds. The Hoosiers' two most experienced returning players – sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell and senior forward Will Sheehey – are a combined 5 for 16 with 13 points.
All things considered, the deficit is favorable. IU managed to go into the break down three after shooting just 27.5 percent. But to prevent bad from turning worse, the Hoosiers will need to come out firing from close range in the second half.