BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — 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).
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 shooters struggling in the first half, the game plan worked.
Everything changed early in the second half. Zeller and Abell combined for 15 points in a 23-13 run, finally turning the contest into a rout.
NO. 17 MEMPHIS 81, NORTH FLORIDA 66
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tarik Black had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Memphis to a victory over North Florida.
Memphis (1-0), which overcame a sluggish start in its season opener, eventually pulled away from North Florida in the middle stages of the first half and coasted through the second half.
Joe Jackson finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Antonio Barton, who keyed Memphis’ rally, scored 11 points.
NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 84, MONMOUTH 57
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Garrick Sherman had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Notre Dame to a victory over Monmouth. Jack Cooley added 16 points for the Irish (2-0) and Pat Connaughton had 13.