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Ottawa reinforced one of Indiana's basketball keys for this season:
The Hoosiers inability to defend the three-point shot was huge in their 109-101 loss to Ottawa Sunday in the second game of their five-game Canada trip.
They won't have much time to dwell on it. They play Carleton tonight.
Ottawa was 18-for-30 from three-point range en route to the victory. It had three players score 21 or more points.
IU compounded its defensive struggles by shooting just 12-for-20 on free throws.
Sophomore swingman Troy Williams led the Hoosiers with 27 points. Freshman guard James Blackmon added 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell had seven points, five assists and one turnover.
The Hoosiers' offense was clicking. They shot 56.2 percent from the field and had 24 assists against 12 turnovers.
“We got out and pushed the ball really well,” Williams said. “We picked it up more in the second half, but we still have a lot more to work on.”
Indiana, which is 1-1 on the trip, led 79-78 entering the fourth quarter.
“The difference was three-point defense and man-to-man defense,” Ferrell said. “Down the stretch, we didn't bear down. They made some threes in transition. That's what gave them the momentum in the fourth quarter.”
The fast pace suited Williams.
“I've always been a 100 miles per hour guy and this is like nothing to me. I like that, I like to run the floor.”
Blackmon shares that running enthusiasm. He has scored 34 points in IU's two games.
“Something I knew was going to come was my offense.The main thing I wanted to focus on was defense. One of the best things I do is score, so I knew that would come along.”
The key for tonight against Carleton, Ferrell said, is defense.
“Just reiterate to these guys about team defense and getting to the right spots on defense.”
Added Blackmon: “We all feel like we could have had it in the fourth quarter when it was 88-88. We felt like we had the game. That's probably what we're going to talk about, just never letting that slip again. I don't think that will happen again.”