No. 3 Indiana rebounds from first loss, routs Mississippi Valley State
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(AP) OG Anunoby scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Robert Johnson added 14 points and No. 3 Indiana routed Mississippi Valley State 85-52 on Sunday.
Thomas Bryant had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers (4-1), who had no problem handling the winless Delta Devils, despite being without James Blackmon Jr. The Big Ten’s second-leading scorer missed the game because of a knee injury.
The Hoosiers led by as many as 17 points in the first half, and their largest lead of the game was 35. Twenty of Indiana’s baskets came by way of an assist, with Josh Newkirk and Curtis Jones combining for 11. The Hoosiers outscored the Delta Devils 34-20 in the paint and 19-8 in second-chance points.
Mississippi Valley State (0-8) shot only 31 percent from the floor (21-67). Indiana took advantage of the Delta Devils’ misses, outrebounding Mississippi Valley State 48-26.
Rashaan Surles led the Delta Devils with 14 points and Isaac Williams had 13.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Blackmon injured his left knee in the Hoosiers’ 68-71 overtime loss to IPFW on Nov. 22. Indiana hosts No. 4 North Carolina on Wednesday. It is not known if the junior guard will be ready to go for the showdown with the Tar Heels in Bloomington.
A BUMPY ROAD
Mississippi Valley State’s first 14 games of the season are on the road. Indiana is the third Big Ten opponent the Delta Devils have visited so far. Along with the loss to the Hoosiers, Mississippi Valley State lost at Northwestern and Michigan State earlier this month.
Mississippi Valley State travels to Gonzaga on Thursday.
Indiana hosts North Carolina on Wednesday.