Indiana is in Canada this month, playing five games around the country. On Sunday, the Hoosiers dropped a 109-101 contest to Gee-Gees from the University of Ottawa to go 1-1 on its exhibition tour.
The Hoosiers bounced back to earn their second win of the trip on Monday night, with a 95-85 victory over Carleton, which has won four-straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) titles and 10 of the last 12.
Here’s a portion of the game recap from Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star:
“I thought our guys responded from (watching) film,” [Tom] Crean said after Monday’s win. “We left some opportunities on the table when it was time to win the game (against Ottawa), and I think the response our guys made, of learning from one day to the next, this time of year, is truly invaluable.”
Defensive mistakes weren’t repeated. Offensive possessions were treated with more care. When Carleton was forced to foul late, IU shot 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. The Hoosiers had missed five free throws during the same critical stretch Sunday.
Indiana continued to score the ball with five players in double figures, led by Yogi Ferrell’s 21 points and James Blackmon Jr.’s 19. The Hoosiers shot 61 percent from the floor and connected on 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. More importantly, the defense improved after giving up 109 points the previous evening, as it held the Ravens to 8-of-28 shooting from three.
As mentioned above, Carleton is the class of Canadian basketball, but has shown it can take on the best in the NCAA. Last summer, the Ravens held a 15-point second half lead over Syracuse before losing in overtime and knocked off Wisconsin, a team which would go on to reach the Final Four. While Carleton was playing without its best player, Philip Scrubb, the Ravens are likely more seasoned than the Hoosiers at this point, as Osterman noted there are no practice restrictions for Canadian teams during the summer.
Indiana wraps up its tour with its last two games in Quebec.