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Ferrell paces Hoosiers to 90-66 victory

Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 3:34 pm

BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana gets a break from a break.

After wrapping up its weekend of weak opponents with a 90-66 victory over Kennesaw State Sunday, the Hoosiers (10-3) won't play again until their New Year's Eve Big Ten opener at Illinois.

Indiana, which beat Nicholls State on Friday night, finished non-conference play 9-0 at Assembly Hall. It has won 38 straight non-conference home games.

The Hoosiers' last game against a Big Ten-caliber opponent was their Dec. 14 loss to Notre Dame.

IU rolled with 25 points (one off his career high) from sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell. He added six rebounds and five assists. He was 8-for-12 from the field, 3-for-6 from three-point range. He averages 16.8 points, more than double last year's 7.6 average.

"I thought he was phenomenal," Kennesaw State coach Lewis Preston said, "but once again, if you give up straight line drives, it doesn't matter who you're playing, they're going to score."

IU also got 15 points from Will Sheehey, a career-high 10 from freshman Luke Fischer and 14 from forward Noah Vonleh. He fouled out one rebound shy of a double double.

The Hoosiers shot 62.7 percent from the field, and that was with 3-for-11 three-point shooting. They also had a season-high 18 assists.

The bad news – they had 20 turnovers for the second straight game.

Kennesaw State (3-10) was led by Orlando Coleman's 18 points.

IU controlled the first half while mixing defenses -- holding the Owls to 30.6 percent shooting -- and rotating players. For significant stretches the Hoosiers didn't have a starter on the floor, not that Kennesaw State would capitalize. IU built leads as large as 22 before settling for a 43-25 halftime edge.

The lead could have been bigger if not for the 12 turnovers. The Hoosiers shot 60.7 percent from the field, had a 25-15 rebound edge and got 16 points from Ferrell.

Kennesaw State never threatened in the second half, although it did briefly close within 16 points.