Freshman lead Indiana past Lamar, 88-72

(WISH Photo/file)

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

Up Next:

Indiana: Hosts Eastern Washington on Monday in the final game of the Hoosiers Showcase.

Lamar: Visits Arkansas State on Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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