The Indiana Hoosiers are 3-0 after an 89-80 win against the Wright State Raiders Thursday Night Simon Sjkodt Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have won their first three games by a combined 23 points over Army, Florida Gulf Coast and a Wright State team without its leading scorer Trey Calvin due to a shoulder injury. Head Coach Mike Woodson wanted to talk about the birth of his first grandchild earlier this week rather than the game itself. “I would be more concerned if we lost these three games but we won these three games” Woodson said after the game.
Kel’el Ware posted his second double-double in three games with 22 points and 12 rebounds, Malik Reneau had 16 points and 8 rebounds, Trey Galloway added 15 points and Freshman Mackenize Mgbako added 13 points. The Hoosiers were 33-61 for 54% from the field, 3-16 from three-point range for 18% and 20-32 for 62% from the free throw line. The Hoosiers pulled down 37 rebounds, dished out 20 assists, 6 blocks ,3 steals and only committed 8 turnovers. The Hoosiers scored 56 points in the paint, 17 points off turnovers and 14 points off the bench. Ware has been getting used to his new team and he and Head Coach Mike Woodson know what they both want. “I’m more in a groove now with Coach Woodson, He trusts me to go make a play. As long as I am playing hard and giving him that, we should be good” Kel’el Ware said after the game.
Wright State who falls to 0-3 on the season was lead in scoring by Greensburg Indiana native Andrew Welage with 25 points. Welage played a total of 11 minutes in the first two games and has not scored but with Trey Calvin out Welage went 8-13 from the field and 7-10 from three-point line and 2-5 from the free throw line in 33 minutes. Welage played at Greensburg HS about an hour east of Bloomington and made sure he had a great game. Tanner Holden added 24 points and Ale Huibregeste added 15 points. The Raiders were 28-68 from the field for 41%, 11-26 from the three-point line for 42% and 13-17 from the free throw line for 76%. The Raiders pulled down 40 rebounds, dished out 15 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and committed 12 turnovers. Wright State had 31 points off the bench and 24 points in the paints.
The Hoosiers took the lead 2-0 19 seconds into the game when Kel’el Ware hit a jumper in the paint. Wright State tied the ball game a driving layup by Tanner Holden with 19:19 left in the first half. The Hoosiers held on to the lead the rest of the game with 18:31 left when Trey Galloway pulled up and hit three pointer to lead 5-2. The Hoosiers extended the lead to 10 when Malik Reneau hit a second chance layup to make it 16-6 with 15:19 left in the first half. Wright State cut the lead to two points when Tanner Holden hit the second free throw to make it 50-48 with 1:44 left. The Hoosiers went into the locker room up 54-49.
In the second half Wright State stayed within single digits until Anthony Walker scored on a layup with 11:29 left to make it 71-60 with 11:29 left. Wright State cut the lead to five points with 7:28 left. The Hoosiers extended the lead to 11 points with two free throws by Trey Galloway at the 6:16 mark to make it 79-68. Indiana extended the lead to 12 but Wright State would not go away getting with in 7 points with 3:42 left when the Hoosiers closed out the game to win by nine.
The Hoosiers have a tough one on Sunday with defending National Champion Connecticut in the Empire Classic on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Huskies are ranked 5th in the AP Poll and 4th in the Coaches Poll and #12 in the Excel H Sports Poll the Huskies are coming 3-0. The other game will be Texas who is ranked 19th in the AP Poll and 17th and in the Coaches Poll and #14 in the Excel H Sports poll. The Longhorns are 3-0 and will take on Louisville at 3:30 pm on Sunday in the second game. The Cardinals are 2-1 with the Losers of Sunday’s Games will play at 4:30pm and the Winners will play at 7pm on Monday.