Indiana takes down Kansas 103-99 in Armed Forces Classic
HONOLULU — James Blackmon, Jr. scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime to lift No. 11 Indiana to a season-opening 103-99 overtime victory over No. 3 Kansas on Friday night in the Armed Forces Classic.
The Hoosiers had five players score in double figures.
Center Thomas Bryant notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Curtis Jones had 15 points, OG Anunoby had 13 and Robert Johnson added 10.
Indiana trailed by as many as nine points, but shot 50 percent (14 of 28) in the second half, ending in an 87-87 tie.
Blackmon was 4 of 8 from behind the three-point line and the Hoosiers were 15 of 31 from beyond the arc. Juwan Morgan had 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers.
Frank Mason III led the Jayhawks with 30 points and nine assists. Devonte Graham scored 16 points, while Carlton Bragg, Jr. and Svi Mykhailiuk chipped in 12 apiece and Landen Lucas added 11.
The teams combined to make 56 of 74 free throws. Kansas was 30 of 38 from the line, while Indiana made 26 of 36.
There were 16 ties and 17 lead changes in the game.
Kansas: One statistical category it held the edge in was turnovers, where it committed just 11 to Indiana’s 18. The Jayhawks also excelled in points off turnovers, 18-11.
Indiana: Bryant, a third-team All-Big Ten center as a freshman last season, fouled out with 52 seconds left in regulation. The Hoosiers were able to persevere, a good sign for a relatively young squad.
Kansas: Will travel cross country to take on No. 1 Duke in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday.
Indiana: Will host UMass-Lowell Wednesday as part of the Indiana Classic.