Indiana 85, Southern Illinois 63
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ Indiana’s 1-2 combination simply proved too much for Southern Illinois on Saturday.
The Hoosiers set a school-record by making 15 3-pointers and used their best defensive performance of the season to rout the Salukis 85-63, ending a three-game losing streak.
Jared Jeffries finished with 21 points to lead the Hoosiers.
It was exactly the kind of performance Hoosier coach Mike Davis had hoped to see, and a far cry from Wednesday night when Indiana attempted just six 3-pointers in a loss to Indiana State.
This time, however, Indiana (3-3) didn’t even hesitate.
The Hoosiers opened the game by taking four 3-pointers in the first five minutes and just 12:29 into the game, they already led 22-9.
And when the Hoosiers weren’t taking 3s, they were playing stifling defense. Indiana limited Southern Illinois (3-1) to just 24.2 percent shooting in the first-half, then blitzed them in the second half with another barrage of 3-pointers.
The Hoosiers started by knocking down three straight 3-pointers, which allowed them to extend their 32-20 halftime cushion to 53-28.
Southern Illinois never recovered.
Indiana broke the school record of 12 3-pointers when Andre Owens hit the Hoosiers’ 13th with 10:07 to go.
Southern Illinois was led by Jermaine Dearman, who had 17 points.