BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — If Indiana can move the basketball, make their threes, and hit their free throws, watch out.
The Hoosiers (2-0) thrashed Bethune-Cookman (0-2), 101-49, on Thursday night, using unselfish play as a launching pad for a great night from the arc and the “charity stripe.”
Mike Woodson rolled out the same starting five against the Wildcats: Xavier Johnson, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Miller Kopp, Race Thompson, and Trayce Jackson-Davis. Woodson and BCU head coach Reggie Theus have a relationship going back to their playing days in the NBA, when the two played almost 200 games together as part of the Sacramento/Kansas City Kings.
It was the first-ever matchup between the two schools. BCU is located in Daytona Beach, FL and is one of the revered HBCU institutions, established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the primary intention of serving African-American students.
Indiana scored the first seven points of the game, but the Wildcats hit back quickly. They even grabbed a brief 10-9 lead on an alley-oop from starting big man Dylan Robertson. Indiana took over from that point.
IU scored 20 of the next 22 points in the game, and 25 of the next 29. Kopp hit a three to put the Hoosiers in front, and then role players Jordan Geronimo and Trey Galloway got the three-point shooting party going in full force.
Six different Hoosiers nailed a three during the game, and IU converted 10-of-24 (41.7%) for the game. They were 8/16 in the first half. Kopp’s four threes led the way.
The Wildcats had no answers for the No. 13 Hoosiers on either end of the floor. BCU went on a scoring drought of 5:25, committing five turnovers and missing six of seven shots. During that same stretch, Indiana made all six shots that they attempted to pull away.
Jackson-Davis showed the whole arsenal in his 21 minutes of action on Thursday. The preseason All-American made nine of ten shots from the field, including a slam dunk in transition and a “patty cake” tap-in before the break. He also made all three free throws that he attempted. Indiana finished 21-of-22 (95.5%) from the free throw line.
Ball movement played a major role in Indiana’s win. The Hoosiers had 13 assists on 18 made shots in the first half, but that category showed improvement in the second, where they had 14 on 17 makes. Nine different players recorded an assist, led by Hood-Schifino’s eight dimes.
Indiana’s starters played well, but the bench unit drew some of the loudest cheers from the Assembly Hall crowd all night. Malik Reneau registered another nine points, four rebounds, and a huge rejection, continuing to show a smooth transition to collegiate play. Not only did Geronimo hit a 3, but he also grabbed four rebounds and snagged two steals. Overall, IU’s bench scored 51 points on BCU.
C.J. Gunn, Kaleb Banks, Anthony Leal, and Logan Duncomb all made their first entrances in the final minutes of the game. Gunn picked up a technical for slapping the backboard after a dunk, but still finished with four points and a steal. Banks scored eight off the sideline, including six made free throws in six attempts.
Duncomb made a putback with less than a minute left to push IU across the 100-point mark.
IU’s next regular season game is a week from Friday, on November 18, at Xavier. Tip time is set for 6pm ET on FS1. Xavier is currently receiving votes in the AP Top 25
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