BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — In a game that looked like it was going to be a blowout early for Indiana, the Hoosiers found themselves in a battle late against Lamar on Saturday night.
After leading by as many as 17, Indiana was forced to call a timeout with 3:37 to go in the game, after Lamar cut Indiana’s lead to just seven. Following their late timeout, Indiana outscored Lamar 8-2 to close the game, ending in an 85-72 victory for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers (4-0) were led by freshman James Blackmon Jr. with 21 points on 6-10 shooting, including five three-pointers.
In his second game eligible, following a four game suspension, freshman Emmitt Holt got his first action of the season for the Hoosiers. Holt scored 4 points, gathered two rebounds and recorded a steal in limited minutes.
Upon entering the game in the first half, Holt provided instant energy, getting in the Lamar passing lane for a steal, and finishing a coast-to-coast drive to spark a 7-0 run by the Hoosiers, which took Indiana to their largest lead of the game at 37-20.
Indiana: With the win over Lamar, Indiana extended its home winning streak vs. non-conference opponents to 43 games, which is behind only Duke (111) and Syracuse (53) for third longest in the country.
Lamar: Sophomore Preston Mattingly, Evansville (IN) Central graduate and son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, started at point guard for the Cardinals and received a warm welcome from his home-state crowd. Mattingly scored 4 points, and had 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 19 minutes of action for Lamar.
Indiana sophomore Devin Davis was in attendance for the first time since receiving a serious head injury after being struck by a vehicle driven by teammate Emmitt Holt on November 1
Indiana: Hosts Eastern Washington on Monday in the final game of the Hoosiers Showcase.
Lamar: Visits Arkansas State on Tuesday.