BLOOMINGTON, Ind – The 16th ranked Indiana Hoosiers are a tough team to beat in Assembly Hall and Thursday night further proved that point. Indiana (10-2) jumped out to an early lead on the Austin Peay Governors and never looked back en route to a 95-62 victory in Bloomington. The win, was the 26th straight victory at home for the Hoosiers as that mark is fifth best in the history of the storied program.
Indiana’s guards led them to the win on Thursday with Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr. combining for 44 of IU’s 95 points on 15-for-26 shooting from the field. They also combined to make 10 of IU’s 15 three pointers in the victory with Johnson going 6-for-10 and Blackmon 4-for-5.
IU was just too big, too strong and too fast as the Governors ran out of steam near the midway mark of the first half. IU went on an 11-3 run and took a 31-22 lead and put this thing away.
Freshman Devonte Green hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer before halftime to give IU a 48-31 lead into the break. Indiana finished the first half shooting 18-for-30 (60 percent) from the floor and 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) on 3-pointers. The Hoosiers also posted an impressive 12 team assists through the first 20 minutes of play.
Out halftime, Blackmon kept the intensity level up as he scored nine of his 24 points before the first media timeout of the second half. The Hoosiers held a commanding lead and were on cruise control from there on out.
The Hoosiers finished the game shooting 35-for-56 (62.5 percent), which marks the second consecutive game Indiana has shot better than 60 percent from the floor. Indiana also converted on 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) 3-point attempts for the evening.
After shooting over 60 percent from the floor the last time out against Delaware State, it marks the first time since 1998 that IU has posted back-to-back games of 60 percent or better from the floor.
Josh Newkirk was able to set a career high in assists with 11, and also managed to score 11 points through 26-minutes of play.
Indiana’s 26 game home-winning streak leads all Big Ten teams, and is the fifth longest streak of its kind in Indiana history. The streak is also now fourth among nationally active home winning streaks, trailing the third spot held by Oregon by six wins.
The Hoosiers also only gave up four assists to Austin Peay, the fewest by an IU opponent since Stony Brook had four on Nov. 17, 2013. Indiana also kept their dominating three point defense up and only conceded just 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) 3-point attempts in the contest. For the season, teams are connecting on just 27.0 percent of 3-pointers against IU.
The Hoosiers return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. when Indiana opens conference play against the Nebraska Cornhuskers inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.