No. 1 Indiana 101, Ball State 53. With AP Photos.
By CLIFF BRUNT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Ball State coach Billy Taylor wanted his team to focus on the game plan for 40 minutes against No. 1 Indiana.
Instead, he left Assembly Hall disappointed.
Will Sheehey scored 19 points to help the top-ranked Hoosiers defeat Ball State 101-53 on Sunday.
Jordan Hulls scored 17 points, Cody Zeller scored 15 and Christian Watford had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers (6-0).
It was Indiana's largest victory margin in a 21-game series that began in 1934. The Hoosiers' previous largest victory margin against the Cardinals was 43 points in 1946 and 1983.
"What I wanted to see was our guys execute our game plan and be committed to it for 40 minutes, and we didn't do it for 40 minutes tonight," Taylor said. "That's something we can do. We can control that."
The Hoosiers already had been averaging 86 points per game before shooting 60 percent from the field against the Cardinals. Indiana scored 21 points off 18 Ball State turnovers.
"Our guys executed the game plan for certain spurts, but obviously, Indiana is a tremendous team," Taylor said. "They are No. 1 in the country for a reason with their athleticism and their depth."
Majok Majok scored 18 points, providing a bright spot for the Cardinals.
"I thought Majok was terrific for us," Taylor said. "I thought he gave us a post presence and he was able to score the basketball. There were a lot of big bodies in there, and he just did what he does - he got to the foul line and finished."
Jauwan Scaife added 11 for Ball State.
The Cardinals, coming off a 20-point loss to Indiana State, were outrebounded 42-29 and shot just 31 percent from the field.
The game was close early, but Indiana went on a run when Sheehey, then Creek, entered the game. A breakaway dunk by Zeller put the Hoosiers up 28-13.
The Hoosiers shot 64.7 percent in the first half to lead 50-19 at the break. Indiana missed four of its first six shots before making 20 of 28 the rest of the half.
The bench scored 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting before the break. Sheehey, a reserve, scored 11 points and Creek scored nine off the bench in the first half. Indiana held the Cardinals to 5-for-25 shooting and forced 10 turnovers before the break.
After establishing its inside game in the first half, Indiana went to the perimeter early in the second half. A 3-pointer and a free-throw-line jumper by Hulls bumped the lead to 64-23, and a three by Victor Oladipo pushed the lead to 44 with 14:35 to play.
A 3-point play by Austin Etherington in the final minute put the Hoosiers over the century mark, and the remaining fans gave the Hoosiers one of the loudest cheers of the night.