Three, free throws and assists for BCU demolition by IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – If Indiana can move the basketball, make their threes and hit their free throws, watch out.

The Hoosiers (2-0) beat Bethune-Cookman (0-2), 101-49, on Thursday night, using selfless play as the launch pad for a great night from the arc and the “charity strip.”

mike woodson deployed the same starting five against the Wildcats: Xavier Johnson, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Miller Kopp, Race Thompson and Trayce Jackson-Davis. Woodson and BCU head coach Reggie Theus have a relationship that dates back to their NBA playing days, when the two played nearly 200 games together as part of the Sacramento/Kansas City Kings.

It was the first ever confrontation between the two schools. BCU is located in Daytona Beach, Florida and is one of HBCU’s revered institutions, established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the primary purpose of serving African American students.

Indiana scored the game’s first seven points, but the Wildcats fought back quickly. They even took a brief 10-9 lead on an alley-oop from starting big man Dylan Robertson. Indiana took over from that point on.

IU scored 20 of the next 22 points in the game and 25 of the next 29. Kopp hit a three to put the Hoosiers ahead, then the role players Jordan Geronimo and Trey Galloway started the three-point shooting game strong.

Six different Hoosiers hit a three during the game and IU converted 10 of 24 (41.7%) for the game. They were 8/16 in the first half. Kopp’s four threes led the way.

The Wildcats had no answers for the No. 13 Hoosiers at either end of the floor. BCU went 5:25 dry, committing five turnovers and missing six of seven shots. During that same streak, Indiana made all six shots they attempted to pull off.

Jackson-Davis showed the full arsenal in his 21 minutes of action Thursday. The preseason All-American made nine of 10 shots from the field, including a slam dunk in transition and a “patty cake” tap-in before the break. He also made all three free throws he attempted. Indiana finished 21 of 22 (95.5%) from the free throw line.

Ball movement played a major role in Indiana’s victory. The Hoosiers had 13 assists on 18 shots taken in the first half, but that category improved in the second, where they had 14 of 17 marks. Nine different players registered an assist, led by Hood-Schifino’s eight under.

Indiana’s starters played well, but the bench unit drew some of the loudest cheers from the Assembly Hall crowd all night. Malik Reneau recorded nine more points, four rebounds and a huge dismissal, continuing to show a smooth transition to college play. Not only did Geronimo hit a 3, but he also grabbed four rebounds and picked up two steals. Overall, IU’s bench scored 51 points over BCU.

CJ Gunn, Kaleb Banks, Anthony Leal and Logan Duncomb all made their first entries in the closing minutes of the game. Gunn recovered a technique for slapping the backboard after a dunk, but still finished with four points and a steal. Banks has scored eight goals off the sideline, including six free throws on six attempts.

Duncomb made a comeback with less than a minute to push IU through the 100 point mark.


IU’s next regular season game is one week from Friday, November 18 at Xavier. Tipping time is set at 6 p.m. ET on FS1. Xavier is currently receiving votes in the AP Top 25

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Christy J. Olson