Indiana overpowers James Madison

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Indiana's got a few brutes, some big boys from the Big Ten who know how to throw their weight around.

But in their NCAA tournament opener, the Hoosiers turned to their speedy, 178-pound point guard to make James Madison's knees buckle right away.

Yogi Ferrell was the bully.

Ferrell scored Indiana's first nine points and had 14 in the first six minutes as top-seeded Indiana powered its way to an easy 83-62 win in the second round of the East Regional on Friday.

Not taking any chances with a No. 16 seed, the Hoosiers (28-6) started fast, building a 21-point halftime lead. They pushed it to 33 in the second half before letting up and had little trouble with the Dukes (21-15), who won their first tournament game in 30 years on Wednesday and thought they could hang with the Hoosiers.

"The speed they play with is unbelievable," Dukes guard Devon Moore said. "We haven't seen anything like that."

After being bruised and battered all year in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers finally got a chance to pick on a little guy.

"I've been waiting for this all week," said Ferrell, who added eight rebound and six assists. "A lot of us are jacked up to get out here, play against some different competition."

Looking every bit like a team capable of cutting down the nets in Atlanta next month, Indiana, which spent a good chunk of the season atop the AP poll, will play Temple in the second round on Sunday.

Will Sheehey scored 15 and Cody Zeller 11 -- eight on rim-rocking dunks -- for Indiana.

Freshman Andre Nation scored 24 and Charles Cooke 18 for James Madison, which made the score somewhat respectable in the final minutes but never really threatened.

Of the many upsets in NCAA tournament, there still hasn't been a No. 16 over a No. 1. And any thoughts James Madison, which beat LIU Brooklyn in a First Four game to get here, had of making history were over shortly after player introductions.

Indiana wasn't fooling around.

"We played excellent," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

With Ferrell, playing in his first tourney game darting in and around the Dukes, the Hoosiers unleashed their offensive fury on the Dukes and clamped down on a James Madison team that never experienced anything like Indiana's man-to-man pressure this season in the Colonial Athletic Association.

After falling behind by 20, the Dukes got within 34-20 when Nation made two straight 3-pointers. However, the spurt only seemed to anger the Hoosiers and they closed the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 43-22 lead at halftime.

As he headed to the locker room, James Madison coach Matt Brady straightened his tie and scratched his head. Back in the staging area inside Dayton Arena even the Dukes' cheerleaders huddled to try and figure out what they could do better.

Too late.

Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, seniors who helped Crean rebuild an Indiana program in shambles five years ago, hit 3-pointers and Zeller zoomed down the lane for a huge dunk as Indiana opened the second half with a 13-4 run. The Hoosiers barely let up, and later in the half, Victor Oladipo and Sheehey scored back-to-back baskets so quickly that the p.a. announcer said their names without taking a breath.

It was breathtaking, all right.

Indiana entered the tournament as a No. 1 seed for just the third time and saddled with higher expectations than the Hoosiers have had to deal with in years.

"Banner Up" has been the war cry of Indiana fans this season, a not-so-subtle dig at rival Purdue's "Boiler Up" cheer but also a reference to hanging a sixth NCAA title banner inside Assembly Hall.

EAST REGIONAL

FRIDAY'S GAMES

TEMPLE 76, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 72

DAYTON -- Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points, finishing the game with an injured left thumb that had him grimacing before his clinching free throws, and Temple broke with its one-and-done NCAA tournament trend.

The ninth-seeded Owls (24-9) opened a 17-point lead before Wyatt -- the Atlantic 10's player of the year and top scorer -- hurt his left thumb and left the game briefly, returning with black tape on the non-shooting hand.

Every shot was an adventure, but he made enough -- including six painful but perfect free throws in the final 32 seconds -- to keep Temple around for more than one game. The Owls had lost their opener in four of their last five NCAA trips.

No. 8 NC State (24-11) trailed most of the game and came up short of a deep tournament run on the 30th anniversary of its national title.

Richard Howell had 14 points and 15 rebounds for NC State.

MIAMI 78, PACIFIC 49

AUSTIN, Texas -- Durand Scott had 21 points and Miami had a triumphant return to the NCAA tournament.

The Hurricanes (28-6), who may be even better than their No. 2 seed in the East Regional would indicate, put the game out of reach with a 14-0 run midway through the first half of their first NCAA tourney game in five years.

Pacific (22-13), the California team that played its last game for retiring longtime coach Bob Thomason, was no match for the Atlantic Coast Conference's regular season and tournament champions.

Miami plays Illinois on Sunday.

ILLINOIS 57, COLORADO 49

AUSTIN, Texas -- Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Illinois back the lead with 6 minutes left and the seventh-seeded Illini pulled out a tough win over Colorado.

Illinois led by 16 at halftime only to watch Colorado rip off a 21-2 run in the second to grab the lead. The Illini looked desperate until Paul and Richardson coolly knocked down their shots to put Illinois ahead 48-44.

Four free throws by Paul eventually put the game away for the Illini (23-12).

Paul led Illinois with 17 points.

Askia Booker scored 14 points for Colorado (21-12).

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