Indiana had a complete effort in its second game of the 2018-19 season to move to 2-0 on the young campaign.
The Hoosiers will resume action on Wednesday night at home against Marquette.
Below are our three keys to the game and the final box score and specialty statistics.
1. Balanced Scoring Continues to Rule the Day — Including the exhibition, this game marked the third contest in a row where IU had several players in double figures. Juwan Morgan led the way with 14 points, and following right behind him were Justin Smith with 13, and Romeo Langford and Rob Phinisee with 12 each. The Hoosiers will be a difficult team to game plan for if they can continue to present multiple scoring threats.
2. Incredible Defensive Statistics — Montana State shot just 25.5% from the field and turned the ball over on 35% of their possessions. Earlier in the game that turnover percentage was closer to 50%. Was it IU’s defense or ineptitude on the part of the Bobcats? Probably a little of both, but anytime you hold an opponent under 40 you are doing something right. The 35 points were the second lowest opposing point total in Assembly Hall history.
3. Efficient Hoosier Offense — Indiana, on the other hand shot 56% from the field and scored 1.16 points per possession. That’s the good news. Free throws and three point shooting continue to be areas for improvement.
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