The Journal Gazette
Saturday, November 19, 2016 8:37 pm

Notebook: Anunoby breaking out

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON — Famously short and to the point in interviews, OG Anunoby's expansive answer Saturday night to a question about Indiana's defense prompted media relations director J.D. Campbell to jump in.

"Is that a record for an answer?" Campbell asked with a smile.

Longtime Hoosiers beat writer Terry Hutchens responded by asking Campbell if he had been coaching Anunoby.

"No," Campbell said.

Leave the coaching to Tom Crean, because Anunoby looks every bit the breakout player people envisioned him being as a sophomore.

Anunoby registered his first career double-double in the Hoosiers' 87-48 rout of Liberty. Quizzed on his 10-point, 11-rebound performance, Anunoby reverted to form.

"It feels good," he said without elaboration, drawing laughter.

Anunoby had 13 points and seven rebounds in the season opener and a career-high 15 points in Wednesday night's home opener, so Indiana (3-0) has gotten plenty of contributions from the 6-foot-8 forward.

And Anunoby's defense was a key reason Liberty (1-2) shot just 30 percent from the field.

"We knew if we didn't let them get into their stuff, they couldn't get the shots they wanted," Anunoby said.

Dental work: Point guard Josh Newkirk lost a tooth in Saturday's game. Crean said he expects Newkirk to be OK to play on Tuesday with a mouth-guard.

First points: Indiana freshman Grant Gelon, an in-state recruiting find, scored five points in six minutes, his first tallies as a college player.

"It was incredible," Gelon said. "It was awesome. Coach gave me the opportunity, and I'm thankful and just try to do my best every time I get out there."

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