Hoosiers pull away from Stony Brook 90-74
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)
Ferrell turned up the tempo in the second half as the Hoosiers (4-0) finally got in a little rhythm in yet another foul-plagued game. Vonleh had 18 points and 15 rebounds - producing the most consecutive double-doubles for a Hoosier since D.J. White (five straight) in 2007-08.
Stony Brook (3-1) was led by Carson Puriefoy with 22 points and Jameel Warney had 19, but the Seawolves were called for 31 fouls and sent Indiana to the free throw line 49 times.
Still, the Hoosiers just couldn't put it away till late.
Indiana opened the second half on a 12-6 run, extending a six-point halftime lead to 53-41 with 15:23 to play and sealed the win with a late 12-4 spurt.
It was a rough day for the Hoosiers, who were just 27 of 45 from the free-throw line.
But unlike Monday, when Indiana's mistakes allowed LIU-Brooklyn to hang around, the Hoosiers managed to keep Stony Brook at arm's length most of the night.
Indiana has won three times since Monday and has started the last four seasons at 4-0.
Stony Brook was hoping to improve to 4-0 for the first time in its Division I history. Instead it left Assembly Hall with a sixth consecutive loss to a Big Ten school on a night the Seawolves' top scorer, Anthony Jackson, was limited to just nine points. He came into the game averaging 21.
But both teams struggled to get in sync with so many fouls. Hoosiers coach Tom Crean continually urged his team to crank up the pace, once slapping the scorer's table to get his players' attention.
Eventually, the Hoosiers finally pulled out to a lead that stuck.
After watching a 17-10 lead trimmed to 19-16 and a 31-21 lead cut to 35-33 late in the first half, Indiana seized control.
The Hoosiers outscored Stony Brook 6-2 late in the first half to make it 41-35, and Ferrell and Vonleh delivered the big scoring punches early in the second half to spur the 12-6 run. Stony Brook continually tried to fight back, but couldn't get closer than 10 over the final 13 minutes. And Indiana wrapped it up with a late 12-4 flurry.