Scott family does in Indiana basketball yet again
There is more than one piece of bad news lingering across the Hoosier Nation tonight. Yes, the debut of new men’s basketball coach Archie Miller was spoiled in about as poor of a manner as any Indiana fan – or Miller, for that matter – could have ever envisioned Friday, as the Hoosiers got rolled by Indiana State 90-69 in front of 17,222 fans at Assembly Hall.
But to add another layer of insult to that debacle, the Indiana basketball program isn’t finished with the Scott family from Fort Wayne just yet. Though, all associated with the Indiana program, most assuredly wishes that it was.
A year after Northrop High School graduate Bryson Scott shut down the Hoosiers’ best scorer (fellow Fort Wayne native James Blackmon Jr.), while scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 71-68 overtime win by Fort Wayne, Bryson’s twin brother, Brenton, added his chapter to the family legacy on Friday for the Sycamores.
The fifth-year senior guard torched Indiana for 24 points in 28 minutes, as he sank 9 of 14 shots, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.
“I’ll tell you this much,” Miller said in a postgame press conference following the loss, “(Jordan Barnes and Brenton Scott), those guys are really good players. Those two guys can really play. They did exactly to us, what they have been doing. It’s not surprising.”
Miller obviously knows the history of the Scott brothers, and so do Indiana fans.
Not only did Bryson dismantle the Hoosiers at both ends of the court last year, but three years ago, as a Purdue sophomore, he did the same thing.
In an 83-67 Boilermaker win in West Lafayette, Bryson came off the bench to score 11 points and grab six rebounds in 22 minutes.
Such performances, against the top competition, are what the Scott brothers have built their entire basketball careers on. When the lights are brightest, the Scott boys often shine the brightest.
Indiana State only won 11 games last season, but one of those was over Butler at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute. In that game, Brenton hit half of his 18 shots and half of his six 3-pointers, while finishing with 25 points and nine rebounds.
This what the Scott brothers do, man. They’re bad dudes (in a great way).
Sure, against Eastern Illinois, Brenton will have his 7 of 23 nights. But bring on a more renowned opponent and that team better not bring a knife to the gun fight, because Brenton and Bryson are going to be ready. And Miller knew that going into Friday’s game.
“There’s a responsibility to be ready to go on Friday,” Miller said earlier this week. “I think the team that is most ready, the team that is most hungry, is usually going to give themselves a chance to be most successful. Without question, I think (Indiana State) is prepared.”
Just so you know, Brenton was ready as soon as this game was scheduled last summer. And it showed Friday.
Yes, Scott had five first-half turnovers (the Scott’s are emotional players, I can’t defend them on that), but he also had nine points on 3 of 6 shooting, as the Sycamores (1-0) had put the game out of reach by halftime.
“I make no excuses,” Miller said. “Indiana State was ready and Indiana wasn’t.”
Another thing that “Indiana wasn’t,” was tough, and Miller acknowledged such.
The Hoosiers (0-1) opened the game with a turnover, a foul and a missed shot, and it all went down hill from there, as they allowed the Sycamores to build a 31-17 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.
“We’re soft,” Miller said bluntly. “We’re just a soft team.”
Which is something that no one can ever say about the Scott brothers.
Criticize their emotions or sometimes their decision-making or even their shot selection on occasion, but you can’t say these guys won’t compete like Hell. They’ve been doing so with each other since the minute they were born, when Brenton came out a few minutes ahead of Bryson.
“I feel like (Indiana) wants to do the right things,” Miller said of his players. “If that’s the case and they stay coachable, they keep working, then they’ll get better. We’ll be OK. We’ll keep grinding away.”
Indiana better, because Bryson and his Fort Wayne teammates will be in Bloomington Dec. 18 and I guarantee that Bryson is ready to perform.
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