No. 13 Indiana pulls away from Southeast Missouri St. 83-55
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.
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.