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Sunday, November 12, 2017 9:20 pm

Halftime thoughts: Indiana 37, Howard 27

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON — Indiana and Howard combined for 20 points in the first 10 minutes at Assembly Hall before finally surrendering to the law of averages and at least getting a few shots to fall at the end of a largely unwatchable first half.

I mean, the Hoosiers should be leading this game by a more considerable margin than the current 37-27. They are not. Nothing I've seen so far indicates that they should lose to a Howard team that isn't defending very well, keeps firing up bricks and airballs and making unforced errors, but the season's initial 60 minutes kind of shake your confidence that the Hoosiers are good enough to easily put a game like this in their pocket.

We shall see.

Freshmen Al Durham (11 points) and Justin Smith (eight points, six rebounds) have looked very good. Indiana has needed that with Robert Johnson (three points) not scoring.

Summing up the comedy of errors, Indiana has gone 4-of-14 on foul shots, and the Bison earned a technical foul in the final seconds of the half for sending in a player who was not entered on the pregame roster card.