Hoosiers push aside Huskies, but Vonleh’s string of double-doubles ends

Indiana freshman forward Noah Vonleh is still averaging a double-double this season after the Hoosiers defeated Washington 102-84 at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.
He just didn’t get there against the Huskies, coming up one rebound shy while scoring 18 points.
Vonleh was called to the bench with 1:33 remaining in the game, but was back on the floor just nine seconds later.
“He wanted another rebound tonight,” said IU coach Tom Crean. “Somehow he saw he needed another rebound, but we decided to get him out of there.”
Vonleh was back on the bench with 45.9 seconds remaining, though he didn’t leave before at least making a free throw to get the unbeaten Hoosiers to the century mark for the third time in five games.
“I had a feeling he was going to miss the free throw to rebound his own miss,” said Crean, smiling.
Through five games, Vonleh is now averaging 15.4 points and 11.9 rebounds.
The game, a semifinal for the 2K Sports Classic for the Wounded Warrior Project, was another big hurdle for Vonleh and his young teammates.
“I thought for us what was great is we got off to as good a start as we could have possibly had with a team that was in this environment for the first time … So many guys on the road for the first time.
“We got ahead. We stayed ahead. We had some moments where we didn’t play as well, but we were always able to bounce back.”
Crean said the plan again was to attack the basket and either gets layups or dunks or free throws.
“The key for us was to be able to establish the foul line,” he said.
Indiana made 36 of 36 free throws. Washington made just 19 of 28. Thus, once again IU made more foul shots than an opponent attempted.
The Hoosiers also owned the backboards, outrebounding the Huskies 50-29.
Crean pointed out that the Huskies came into the game allowing opponents to score just 15 percent of their points off free throws. The Hoosiers accounted for 30.3 percent of their points from the foul line Thursday, which put the Hoosiers just about on track to their season average of almost 32 percent.
Freshman wing Troy Williams led IU with 22 points, while sophomore Yogi Ferrell had 20, the 6-foot-10 Vonleh 18 and senior Will Sheehey had 16.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. CST, Indiana will face No. 18 Connecticut, a 72-70 winner over Boston College in the other game.

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