No. 13 Indiana pulls away from Southeast Missouri St. 83-55
Indiana guard Robert Johnson (4) goes around Southeast Missouri State guard Antonius Cleveland (1) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Indiana won 83-55. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Robert Johnson had 17 points and seven rebounds and De'Ron Davis added 14 points to help No. 13 Indiana rout Southeast Missouri State 83-55 on Sunday.
The Hoosiers (7-1) have won four straight, all in the last seven days.
Denzel Mahoney led Southeast Missouri State (4-4) with 16 points, and Antonius Cleveland had 13.
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Indiana took advantage of Southeast Missouri State's early shooting struggles to jump to a 17-2 lead. After the Redhawks closed to 26-21 late in the half, Indiana closed it on a 13-5 run then opened the second half on an 11-4 spurt to make it 50-30 with 15:51 to play.
The Redhawks never seriously challenged again.
Indiana won despite committing 18 turnovers, going 7 of 20 on 3-pointers and playing without starting forward OG Anunoby (ankle) for the second straight game.
Southeast Missouri State shot a season-low 31.3 percent from the field, went more than 8 minutes in the second half without a basket and finished with its lowest point total this season.
Southeast Missouri State: The Redhawks are 0-9 against Big Ten teams and 0-13 against ranked teams. This loss, coupled with Illinois' 81-62 victory on Nov. 11, demonstrates how far they must go to really compete with college basketball's big boys.
Indiana: Sure, this win was expected long before the Hoosiers stepped on the floor Sunday. But after the stumble in Fort Wayne and a sluggish first half, Indiana proved it can overcome fatigue and adversity and still win. Expect the Hoosiers to start climbing in the rankings again this week.
Southeast Missouri State: The Redhawks return home to take on a more manageable opponent Wednesday, in-state rival Missouri State.
Indiana: The Hoosiers get a well-deserved break before suiting up Saturday when they host Houston Baptist.