Indiana basketball snapped their two-game losing streak with a dominant 96-72 win over Elon on Tuesday night in Bloomington without some key players.
Mike Woodson and the Hoosiers already knew they would be without Xavier Johnson in this game after he went down in the first half of the Kansas game with an apparent foot injury. Knowing they were short-handed, Trayce Jackson-Davis (precautionary reasons) and Jordan Geronimo (dislocated finger) were both held out of this contest, which allowed others to step up.
From Logan Duncomb to Race Thompson, the Hoosiers had five players score in double figures, led by Thompson’s 18-point and 11-rebound double-double, his first of the season. But it wasn’t Thompson’s double-double that stood out above the rest.
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Here are my six takeaways from the Hoosiers’ win against Elon on Tuesday:
Six takeaways from No. 18 Indiana basketball 96-72 win vs. Elon:
#6. The Hoosiers’ freshmen are playing energized basketball. Let the young guns play!
Led by Jalen Hood-Schifino and CJ Gunn, the 2022 freshman class that ranked ninth-best in the country coming into the 2022-23 season is starting to show why there were so highly ranked and touted.
The freshmen combined for 45 of the Hoosiers’ 96 points in Tuesday’s contest against Elon. The freshmen shot 19-for-36 (52.8 percent) from the field and 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) from beyond the arc, along with totaling 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals.
The obvious standout was CJ Gunn, who poured in a career-high 11 points, but Hood-Schifino also notched his career-high with 17 points and seven assists as the lead point guard for the Hoosiers.