BLOOMINGTON — Indiana defeated Morehead State 69-68 on Tuesday evening at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers trailed 36-25 at halftime. Anthony Walker led the way 18 points and Trey Galloway added 14.
The three keys to the game, highlights, and final stats are below. See also: Mike Woodson and Anthony Walker postgame interviews.
Indiana (8-3, 2-0) will host North Alabama on Thursday evening.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Furious late rally. Indiana looked dead in the water, trailing 64-49 with 8:58 left. But a 17-0 run from that point over the next six minutes gave the Hoosiers their first lead of the second half. Morehead State missed nine straight shots during that stretch. The Hoosiers made 5-of-8 shots during the same span to overcome an otherwise rough day shooting the ball.
2. Boost from Walker. Morehead State was able to take Kel’el Ware and Malik Reneau out of the game with double teams. But fifth-year senior Anthony Walker came off the bench and scored a team high 18 points and added nine rebounds. He played 15 minutes in the second half, including the entire comeback stretch. Overall IU’s bench outscored MSU 23-5.
3. Ball security. While everything was going wrong for much of the night, one thing Indiana did right was take care of the basketball. The Hoosiers had just five turnovers for the game, including just one in the second half and none in the last 14:12 of the game. Three starters — Gabe Cupps, Mackenzie Mgbako and Kel’el Ware — had no turnovers, along with Walker.
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