Indiana beats Kennesaw State 99-72 for 5th straight win

Indiana center Thomas Bryant (31) is fouled by Kennesaw State forward Jordan Jones during an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. (Chris Howell/The Herald-Times via AP)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Troy Williams and Thomas Bryant each scored 20 points and James Blackmon Jr. added 19 Tuesday night to lead Indiana to a 99-72 victory over Kennesaw State.

Williams, who also had six assists and four rebounds, made 7 of 8 shots from the field. Bryant, who set a career-high for points, hit 8 of 9 field goals.

It was the fifth victory in a row for Indiana (10-3) and the final non-conference tune up for the Hoosiers.

Yogi Ferrell added 16 points for Indiana, which shot 64.7 percent from the field, including 11 of 19 3-pointers.

Blackmon Jr. led Indiana with four made 3-pointers in seven attempts but the surprising shooter from distance was Williams who connected on 3 of 4 from the beyond the arc. The three made 3-pointers is a career-high for Williams, who had made two in a game just two other times in his career. The most he had made in a game this season was one 3-pointer.

Indiana only led by eight points with under 12 minutes to play at 59-51. But a 15-2 run gave IU a more comfortable 21-point lead. Indiana led by 20 points or more for the final 7:15.

Yonel Brown had 26 points and Kendrick Ray added 22 to lead Kennesaw State (3-11).

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Kennesaw State: The Owls are now 1-1 against Indiana schools this season. One of Kennesaw State’s three victories was a 71-63 victory over IUPUI. .. This was the final game of a three-game road trip for Kennesaw State which also took the Owls to No. 16 Louisville and Chattanooga. The Owls lost all three games. … Kennesaw State shot 50.8 percent from the field. It came into the game shooting 39.8 percent for the year.

Indiana: The Hoosiers just missed eclipsing the 100-point mark for the fourth time this season. Nick Zeisloft made only 1 of 2 free throws with 27 seconds remaining that could have given IU an even 100. The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten with an average of 88.8 points per game. . Indiana made 10 or more 3-pointers for the eighth time this season and the third game in a row. . Troy Williams was just three points off his career high of 23 points scored against Georgetown last season.

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