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Friday, November 10, 2017 8:10 pm

Halftime thoughts: Indiana State 54, Indiana 33

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON — Seventy-two percent. Unreal.

That's what Indiana State was shooting with seven minutes left in the first half Friday night. Starting center Brandon Davis, starting power forward Devin Thomas and starting point guard Jordan Barnes combined for 30 points in the first half on 10-for-13 shooting from the field.

Things were so ugly for Indiana that even the pregame news was bad. Coach Archie Miller announced that senior forward Collin Hartman injured his groin in practice Thursday and will miss a week or two.

The Hoosiers simply played poor defense for most of the first half. They were late with their perimeter rotations, and, down low, big men De'Ron Davis, Juwan Morgan and Freddie McSwain Jr. were out of sync guarding the basket. At one point after an easy Sycamores score, the players just looked at each other.

A positive? Davis' offense early on. He provided an angry punch inside, finishing the half with 10 points, all in the first 14 minutes. But with the Hoosiers struggling to produce points, he could ill-afford to pick up two fouls in less than a minute. That limited him to 10 minutes in the half.

At one point, Indiana was down by 23.

One can only imagine what Miller will say to his guys at halftime.