BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Yogi Ferrell scored a career-high 26 points and added six assists to lead undefeated Indiana to a 105-59 rout of Samford on Friday. Noah Vonleh contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds, his third straight double-double to begin his college career.
The Hoosiers led by as many as 51 points and are 3-0 for the fourth time in four seasons. Indiana shot 57.1 percent from the field and outrebounded Samford 53-32 to improve to 10-0 all-time against Southern Conference opponents.
Indiana took a 10-point lead less than five minutes into the game, went up 16 two minutes later and led by 20 for the first time with 12:17 remaining in the half. Samford (1-2) never got closer than 18 after that and trailed by at least 28 throughout the second half.
The Hoosiers responded with a big effort after barely getting past LIU-Brooklyn in a 73-72 victory on Tuesday. Indiana blocked 10 shots and limited Samford to 29.9 percent shooting.
The Hoosiers made offense look easy. Fourteen of their 18 baskets in the first half came on dunks, layups and tip-ins. In the opening half, Indiana missed 17 shots and five live ball free throws. On those 22 opportunities, the Hoosiers grabbed 12 offensive rebounds.
Ferrell made 8 of 11 shots and a career-high five 3-pointers in seven attempts. He only needed to play 25 minutes to lead Indiana to its highest point total since scoring 107 against Howard on Dec. 19, 2011.
After leading 54-25 at halftime, Indiana barely eased up despite working in more reserves. Thirteen Hoosiers played in the first half. By night's end, all 18 players had seen action.
Samford was led by 15 points from Tyler Hood. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth in the Southern Conference and have gone seven straight seasons without a winning record. Second-year coach Bernie Seltzer, an assistant at Indiana under Tom Crean, received a round of applause when introduced before the game.
With 1:47 remaining, Crean stopped the game following a timeout and took a microphone to honor longtime Big Ten official Ed Hightower, who plans to retire after this season and was calling his final game at Assembly Hall.
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