Indiana University sophomore Yogi Ferrell learned to become a better 3-point marksman last season from playing alongside Jordan Hulls in the Hoosiers’ backcourt and competing in near daily shooting challenges after practices at Cooke Hall.
Hulls is now playing professional basketball in Poland. But during Friday’s night’s “Hoosier Hysteria” event at Assembly Hall, Ferrell found himself locked in a shootout with another member of the Hulls family – IU women’s sophomore guard Kaila.
Both players scored 18 points in the battle-of-sexes qualifying format, each knocking down the two-point money ball on their final rack to reach the final.
Hulls scored qn 18-11 win over Will Sheehey in qualifying, beating the returning “Sixth Man of the Year” rather handily. Meantime, Ferrell just did edge women’s sophomore guard Nicole Bell, 18-17.
That qualified Ferrell and Hulls for the finale since the next two highest point totals came from redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington’s 16-15 victory over freshman Karlee McBride.
The other scores for the IU men: Noah Vonleh 14 and Evan Gordon 12. Both won their matches with Gordon finishing one point better than freshman Taylor Agler while Vonleh won by five points over senior Tabitha Gerardot.
While there was no running total, the IU men prevailed in the six battle of the sexes contest from behind the arc by just five points, 88-83
There was also a coed two person shooting contest that awarded five points for shots from 3-point range, three for baskets inside the arc and one for layups. The team of Taylor Wayer and Lyndsay Leikem took a 40-36 win over the duo of Jonny Marlin and Sasha Chaplin.
And in the dunk contest, Hanner Mosquera-Perea had the more impressive dunks but ended up losing in the finals to Devin Davis. Mosquera-Perea still had the most impressive dunk of the night, slamming home two basketballs on one leap. He worked the combo with Ferrell, who tossed the ball off the backboard for Mosquera-Perea to snare and stuff in one motion with his right hand. He then threw down the basketball he had in his left hand before starting his descent.
But in the finals, Mosquera-Perea mistimed two high bounces and by the time he completed a reverse jam he had lost style points.
Davis, a freshman guard, took the title with a windmill dunk in the finals that drew all 10s from the five judges.
In the scrimmage, the Red team featuring senior Will Sheehey, the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year last season, defeated the White team 40-28. Sheehey had 14 points, including a 3-pointer that gave his squad the lead for good at 21-19 with 6:19 remaining.
The White squad, captained by Ferrell, led 19-14 before being outscored 26-9 the rest of the way. Sheehey had eight points during that Red spurt.
The White team was led by Jeremy Hollowell’s 11 points, while Ferrell had eight.