Indiana 88, Florida Gulf Coast 60

Christian Watford scored 24 points and Jordan Hulls had 18,

leading Indiana to an 88-60 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the

season-opener for both teams Friday night.

Indiana (1-0) has now won 13 straight season-openers and 26

consecutive home openers.

The Eagles (0-1) were led by Anthony Banks, who had 16 points,

but dropped to 1-10 all-time against BCS schools and 0-4 all-time

against the Big Ten.

Florida Gulf Coast hung around for a while, closing to nine

early in the second half and getting within 56-44 with 15:50 to

go.

But Watford answered with six straight points and Indiana never

let the Eagles get close again.

Indiana connected on 14 of 28 shots from 3-point range, and

Watford finished with five rebounds and four assists.