Indiana 75, North Carolina Central 56
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:00 PM
Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
Dan Chrisman, Tim Clougherty, Wally Rutecki
Final Scoring Summary
INDIANA 75, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 56: Cody Zeller had a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds as No. 24 Indiana closed out its non-conference schedule with an easy victory at home.
Indiana (21-7, 8-7 Big Ten) improved to 16-1 at home and 13-0 in non-conference play. The Hoosiers, who are fifth in the Big Ten standings - 1 1/2 games behind Wisconsin - will resume conference play Saturday against Minnesota.
The top four teams in the standings will receive a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
Victor Oladipo finished with 16 points for Indiana, which led by as many as 15 before taking a 39-26 lead into halftime. Then the Hoosiers clamped down defensively, holding the Eagles (14-13, 8-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to two baskets over the first 11 minutes of the second half before taking a 61-37 lead.
Will Sheehey scored 12 points and Derek Elston added 10 for the Hoosiers, who shot 51 percent from the field and were 4 of 10 from 3-point range.
Dominique Sutton, North Carolina Central’s leading scorer, finished with a game-high 21 points and Ray Willis added 10 for the Eagles, who lost for the second time in its last seven games.
The Eagles fell to 0-27 since 2007-08 against major-conference schools, including 0-3 against Indiana.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Indiana finished with 16 turnovers. … The Hoosiers held a 34-16 advantage in rebounds, including 15-3 on the offensive glass. … North Carolina Central finished 3 for 10 from 3-point range. … Indiana won for the fourth time in five games.
North Carolina Central Eagles