No. 1 Indiana fends off North Dakota St. 87-61
Cody Zeller scored 22 points and Remy Abell added a career-high 14 to lead No. 1 Indiana past pesky North Dakota State 87-61 on Monday night.
This was no typical game for the Hoosiers (2-0), whose offense struggled to get in sync against the foul-prone Bison (1-1).
It all seemed to be part of North Dakota State's plan.
Rather than allowing Indiana to run its up-tempo, inside-out offense, the Bison slowed things down by challenging shots and repeatedly sending Indiana to the free-throw line. And with Indiana's outside shooters struggling in the first half, the game plan worked.
Everything changed early in the second half after the Bison closed to 48-38. Zeller and Abell combined for 15 points in a 23-13 run, finally turning the contest into a rout.
North Dakota State was led by Marshall Bjorklund with 16 points and Mike Felt with 11.
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