Times Sports Editor
BLOOMINGTON -- "The Movement" as the 2012 recruiting class has become known, is one year away from becoming official IU Hoosiers, but on Saturday night, fans got a look at last year's Indiana Mr. Basketball, Cody Zeller in the cream and crimson.
Both teams got off to a sluggish start, but the Hoosiers were able to keep the Greyhounds scoreless for a four-minute stretch while building a 16-7 advantage midway through the first half. However, UIndy responded with jumpers from Joe Daniels and Adrian Moss to close to within 18-11 in the first period. The Hoosiers would answer right back however as Verdell Jones III got to the hoop for a lay-in that was the catalyst in a 13-4 run by IU that put the Hoosiers up 31-16 with seven minutes left before the half. IU would hold a 50-35 lead at halftime.
Sheehey, who got the start on Saturday, was a menace to the Greyhounds, using his quickness to get past his defender for short jumpers and it was obvious that he had spent plenty of time during the offseason working on his shot.
Hulls, a former Indiana Mr. Basketball and Bloomington native, was impressive as his decision making and leadership have continued to grow and was apparent against the Greyhounds.
"It was very good, very good, and he really wasn't pressured. He's going to make those same plays and decisions when people put lock-up guards on him. They didn't do that. We need Jordan and Verdell to really play well together. We need Christian and Verdell to really have a top-notch energy together that maybe they haven't had in the past," IU coach Tom Crean said. "We're trying to get our identity, and I keep saying identity, but we're trying to get that and say okay these are the things we can count on day in and day out. We know we can do this. But our mindset has got to be one where we're constantly building and trying to attack and like I said earlier, trying to be in a position where we're as good at the end as we are at the beginning.
"Jordan will have a lot to do with that because he is a very efficient, effective player who makes very few mistakes. But he's also going to have to do it as the pressure gets ratcheted up," Crean added.
Sheehey's mid-range game was especially on target Saturday night as the Florida native pulled up several times for jumpers that found nothing but net. His efficiency is something that Crean has come to expect from the sophomore.
"Well he had it when he came but he's really worked to make it better," Crean said of Sheehey's mid-range jumper. "The two things that Will really had when he got here, outside of athleticism, were the pull-up and the offensive rebounding. The pull-up is efficient, the offensive rebounding is not there right now and it's going to have to be. I think as we look at this team moving forward there's going to be, you know I tell them all the time you've got to have a lot of different tools in your toolbox, well you've got to bring them out."
The Hoosiers shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the field and outrebounded UIndy, 36-31. IU scored 13 points off of 13 Greyhound turnovers and committed just six miscues in the game.
The Greyhounds were led in scoring by Adrian Moss, who tallied 22 points. His teammate Reece Cheatham had 15 points. Of note regarding Cheatham is that the sophomore from Indianapolis Pike, played four years of minor league baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization after playing one year of basketball and baseball at Wabash Valley College in 2006-07.
Indiana opens the regular season on Friday, when it plays host to Stony Brook at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network in Assembly Hall.
At Assembly Hall (Bloomington)
Daniels 1-3 4-4 6, O'Neal 1-6 1-2 3, McElroy 2-2 0-0 4, Moss 8-18 4-6 22, Cheatham 4-9 3-4 15, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Armour 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 3-5 1-3 9, Brigham 2-8 2-4 6, Mitchell 2-4 2-2 7. Totals: 23-55 17-25 72.
Sheehey 8-11 1-2 18, Zeller 5-7 6-8 16, Hulls 3-3 6-6 14, Oladipo 3-7 3-4 9, Jones III 2-6 2-4 6, Barnett 0-0 0-0 0, Watford 2-9 4-6 8, Moore 0-0 2-2 2, Etherington 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Wayer 0-0 0-0 0, Abell 2-4 0-0 5, Howard 0-0 2-2 2, Pritchard 0-0 0-0 0, Roth 2-2 0-0 6, Elston 2-3 0-2 4. Totals: 29-54 26-36 90.
Score by periods
3-point fieldgoals -- UIndy 9-19 (Moss 2-7, Cheatham 4-7, Hamilton 2-3, Mitchell 1-2), IU 6-14 (Sheehey 1-1, hulls 2-2, Oladipo 0-2, Jones III 0-1, Watford 0-2, Abell 1-1, Roth 2-2, Elston 0-1). Total Rebounds -- UIndy 31 (Brigham 11), IU 36 (Zeller 8, Oladipo 4). Total Fouls -- UIndy 32, IU 20. Fouled out -- UIndy (Daniels, O'Neal, McElroy, Brigham). Assists -- Uindy 12 (Moss 4), IU 16 (Jones III 6, Hulls 5). Turnovers -- Uindy 13, IU 7.