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IU rolls past North Dakota State 87-61

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 9:04 pm

BLOOMINGTON – What’s up with Remy Abell? Isn’t he supposed to be a backcourt afterthought, top-ranked Indiana’s fourth option behind Jordan Hulls, Yogi Ferrell and Victor Oladipo?

Not if you believe in numbers, heart and humility.

Abell is having a perfect scoring season and if it won’t last, if it likely ends with Thursday night’s Progressive Legends Classic second-round game against Sam Houston State, who cares.

Suddenly Abell has tapped into the can’t-miss accuracy -- if only for two games -- of Hulls and former IU All-America Steve Alford. The sophomore buries threes so pure they barely hit net. He shoots with confidence that belies his previous struggles.

This was a guy who barely played for the first two-thirds of last season, then emerged as an off-the-bench force. He’s maintained that momentum, and ratcheted it up a notch.

Take, for instance, Monday night’s 87-61 victory over North Dakota State.

Abell was 5-for- from the field for a career-high 14 points. That makes him 7-for-7 for the season. He’s averaging 13.0 points on the season.

IU is 2-0. North Dakota State is 1-1.