BLOOMINGTON – Yogi Ferrell remains Indiana's basketball catalyst. He scores, leads and pushes the pace.
Ferrell, a sophomore point guard, had 14 points and three assists in IU's 79-39 exhibition win over Hillsdale College Monday night.
The Hoosiers' attack-the-basket approach produced 28 Hillsdale fouls. They were 23-for-35 from the free throw line. Hillsdale was 9-for-16.
IU went 2-0 in exhibition play, and is 17-0 in exhibitions since 2004 against NCAA Division II or Division III opponents.
Here are some of Ferrell's thoughts:
Talk about the rally from the 13-2 deficit
“We needed to stay together. We weren't flowing together very well. Offensively, we were just missing shots. Defensively, we weren't there. Once we realized we were down, we have to get serious. We had to get back up. We have to learn from that to not get down early, especially in conference play. In the Big Ten, once you're down, you're down for a while.”
On attacking the basket:
“Coach (Tom Crean) is always saying to use the new rules to our advantage. He wants us getting to the rim. I drew a couple fouls just getting by guys. (Hillsdale) is a team that collapses well (on defense). I was trying to drive, kick out and find open shooters. Or drive and get to the rim.
“Coach likes to focus on getting to the bonus early. Once we do that, we get more free throw opportunities.”
What changed during the rally?
“The main thing that changed was our communication. At the start, no one was talking and we were leaving people on islands. You can't win like that. We have to play as a collective unit. We need to talk more and get a better effort on defense."