BLOOMINGTON -- Will Sheehey is fine. There is no imminent Indiana basketball crisis.
A banged up calf did what Hillsdale College couldn't do Monday night:
Stop the senior swingman.
Sheehey totaled 12 points in 21 minutes of IU's 79-39 exhibition victory. He was 5-for-7 from the field. He added two steals and a rebound, and seemed ready for more until the injur sent him buckling to the Assembly Hall floor in the second half, a few minutes after his pair of three-pointers boosted IU to a 20-point lead. He quickly got up, but spent of the rest of the night on the bench icing his calf.
"He's sore," coach Tom Crean said. "We'll try to figure out what happened. I think he got bumped by (teammate Evan Gordon). He'll go through the process with the doctors. I'm hopeful there isn't anything dramatic there."
The Hoosiers didn't need Sheeney the rest of the way against Hillsdale. They will need him when they open their season against Chicago State on Friday night.
Point guard Yogi Ferrell added 14 points and three assists. In IU's two exhibitions he averaged 17.0 points and was 8-for-15 from three-point range.
The Hoosiers played solid defense the last 30 minutes. Hillsdale shot 24.0 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from three-point range.
"We got some very good contributions from different people," Crean said.
"Anytime you can overcome a deficit, continue to get better throughout the game and learn what really matters, which is defense and rebounding and creating points off turnovers, it's really good."
IU's slow start produced a 13-2 deficit. Crean shouted instructions to “swing the ball and drive.” Eventually, the Hoosiers got the message, picked up their defense and went on a 25-3 run. They went up by 12 before settling for a 33-24 halftime lead. Ferrell was the catalyst with 11 points.
Sheehey opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers. The Hoosiers built a 20-point lead.
Hillsdale, drained from an overtime loss at Toledo on Sunday night, was finished.
"I'm not going to use that as an excuse," Hillsdale coach Jason Tharp said. "Indiana is a team that's going to hurt you in a lot of different ways because of how they run.
"Their defense created everything for them. Any time you make a mistake on offense, they're going to punish you by getting a score."