Indiana won their second straight game on Friday night, beating the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall 80-56.
Juwan Morgan and Devonte Green once again would find themselves each with a nice game to help the Hoosiers win. Morgan had 19 points on 8-13 shooting, along with 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in 30 minutes. Green would add 19 points as well, but on 5-7 shooting, along with 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals in 31 minutes.
Robert Johnson finished with 11 points off 5-9 shooting, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in 30 minutes. Justin Smith chipped in 9 points on 4-7 shooting, while Freddie McSwain had 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
IU opened the game on a good note, building an early 10-2 lead just about three minutes into the first half. They would later extend their lead to 20-8 with 11:49 left in the first half after they hit back-to-back layups. An offensive response from Minnesota would cut the deficit down to ten points at the break, with Indiana leading 39-29.
Indiana also got off to a strong start in the second half, with an 11-2 stretch over the first 3:30. That would start a dominant second half where the Hoosiers gained even more separation to make it a blowout. A 9-3 scoring run into the final seven minutes of the second half would give IU a sizeable 25-point lead almost putting the game away entirely. Benchwarmers in big wins like Clifton Moore and Tim Priller scoring three points in the final 36 seconds would pretty much do it for the Hoosiers.
With a big win came some solid shooting splits for the Hoosiers, who went 30-53 (56.6%) from the field, 6-16 (37.5%) from three, and 14-23 (60.9%) from the free throw line. In addition, IU would outrebound the Golden Gophers 35-33. Everywhere else they would be a facilitator with 21 assists, 9 steals, and 6 blocks. Minnesota would not come close in each area, meaning complete box score domination for Indiana.
IU will host Illinois next Wednesday at 8:30 PM Eastern on the Big Ten Network.