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Friday, November 10, 2017 9:30 pm

Hoosiers trounced by Sycamores in Miller's IU debut

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON — Such an anticipated season opener, Archie Miller's first game as Indiana coach, and the Hoosiers walked off to boos at halftime from a traumatized and angry crowd at Assembly Hall.

Indiana State was so superior Friday that the Hoosiers trailed by 30 points in one of the most humiliating nights they have ever had in their own building. The 90-69 final score reflected how the Sycamores seized control early and never let their foot off the gas pedal.

Indiana State tried 26 pointers and made 17, the most ever by a visiting team in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers' out-of-sync defense allowed the Sycamores to shoot 59 percent overall. Yeah, it was that bad.

A sensational display of long-range accuracy contrasted with Indiana's 4-for-18 night beyond the arc. 

Brenton Scott, a Northrop graduate, had a game-high 24 points. Fellow guard Jordan Barnes added 18, and Indiana State fully capitalized on the first meeting with IU since 2006.

None of Indiana's three perimeter starters scored in double figures. Robert Johnson, expected to be the team's primary scorer, was limited to seven points. De'Ron Davis scored 14 and Juwan Morgan 13.

Each side had 19 turnovers, which might have been more troubling to the Hoosiers. Ball security was one of the things Miller had emphasized.

But so, too, was defense, and the Sycamores seemingly scored at will almost from the start. They led 12-6 entering the first timeout, zoomed in front 19-9 and truly broke it open at 34-17 with 9:47 showing. By halftime, it was 54-33.

The break did nothing to cool Indiana State off. The lead ballooned to 26 in the first two minutes of the second half.

Indiana next plays Sunday, at home against Howard.