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Indiana learned its defensive lesson.
At least for one game.
The Hoosiers started strong and played solid when it mattered most to beat Carleton 95-85 Monday in the third game of their Canada trip.
That was 24 points fewer than they allowed on Sunday in a loss to Ottawa.
Carleton is a traditional Canadian collegiate power. It has won 10 of the last 12 national titles, including last season, and has lost just 14 times in the last 13 seasons. Last summer, it beat Wisconsin (an eventual Final Four team) and pushed Syracuse to the limit. It was led by forward Thomas Scrubb, a member of the Canadian national team.
IU is 2-1 on its trip, with games remaining against McGill University (today) and the University of Quebec (on Wednesday).
Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell led five Hoosiers in double figures with 21 points. Freshman guard James Blackmon had 19. Guard Nick Zeisloft, a transfer from Illinois State brought in because of his outside shooting prowess, had four three-pointers and finished with 14 points. Sophomore forward Devin Davis had 13 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Robert Johnson had 12 off-the-bench points.
Indiana led by 14 at halftime. Carleton rallied within seven points in the fourth quarter before the Hoosiers stiffened. Zeisloft hit a big three-pointer to stop the rally.
Indiana shot 60.8 percent from the field to Carleton's 43.1 percent. Carleton shot about 10 percentage points worse than Ottawa.