After successfully starting the season with three newcomers in the starting lineup, Indiana finishes its opening week with a visit from Portland State on Saturday. The Hoosiers had no problem with Western Illinois on Tuesday night in a 98-65 victory at home.
Portland State also opened Tuesday night with a 94-69 thumping of Division III Puget Sound despite making 2-of-15 shots from 3-point range. The Vikings, a member of the Big Sky Conference, play an up-tempo style with full-court pressure that will present a different look for Indiana, which committed 11 turnovers in its opener. Butler transfer Joey Brunk made his Indiana debut against Western Illinois and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Joining him in the lineup were freshmen Trayce Jackson-Davis (eight points, six rebounds, four blocked shots) and Armaan Franklin (five points, eight assists, five rebounds, no turnovers in 27 minutes).
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ABOUT PORTLAND STATE (1-0): Matt Hauser, a 6-2 grad transfer from Santa Clara, scored a team-best 13 points while going 0-for-5 on 3-point shots Tuesday. Sal Nuhu, a 6-8 senior who led the Big Sky in blocked shots last season, was a force down low against Puget Sound with 12 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. Junior guard Holland "Boo Boo" Woods, the team's leading scorer last season at 15 points per game, accumulated 12 points, five assists and five steals in the opener.
ABOUT INDIANA (1-0): Three new starters were part of opening-night lineup, but veterans Justin Smith and Al Durham were the old, steady hands. Smith equaled his career high with 24 points and added seven rebounds and a career-best three steals, and Durham went 7-for-7 from the field and scored 21 points against Western Illinois. Redshirt freshman Jerome Hunter, who sat out last season with a leg injury, made his college debut and contributed seven points, three rebounds and a steal in 16 minutes.
1. Indiana G Devonte Green remains out with a hamstring injury.
2. Hoosiers G Rob Phinisee scored 14 points Tuesday despite playing with a lower abdominal injury.
3. Portland State F Alonzo Walker stayed within the Big Sky Conference with his transfer after last season from Idaho State and contributed 12 points and four steals Tuesday.
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