BLOOMINGTON – Indiana ran Samford into the ground Friday in a 105-59 rout at Assembly Hall.
IU (3-0) shot 51.5 percent from the floor and put down more dunks than 3-point attempts in the first half.
After hoisting 16 threes and making just one in their second game of the season, the Hoosiers took seven 3-pointers in the first half and emphasized getting the ball in the paint on every possession.
The adjustment in mentality led to much better production.
The Bulldogs (1-2), in turn, were ice-cold from the field, shooting just 23.5 percent. The IU defense stifled Samford with eight blocks, four steals and eight forced turnovers to its credit in the first 20 minutes as IU rushed out to a 29-point lead.
The second half bore more of the same.
Freshman forward Noah Vonleh earned his third consecutive double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with a block and a steal. He became the first IU player to record a double-double in his first three college games.
Sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell also had a near-double-double with a career-high 26 points and six assists for the Hoosiers. The Indianapolis native was 5 for 7 on 3-pointers and had 17 second-half points, and his point total matched the career highs of Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo during their time in Bloomington.
Ten players scored five or more points for IU in the blowout, and four reached double figures. Sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea had a career-high eight points – six of them on dunks – as well as five rebounds.
Overall, IU shot a blistering 58.1 percent from the field. It also outrebounded Samford 52-30, posted 10 blocks, had 10 steals and scored all but 18 points from inside the arc or at the free throw line.