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4 Days to B1G Basketball: Big Ten Goes 6-0 in Sunday Exhibition Games

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The conference went undefeated, highlighted by a Rutgers win over St. John’s.

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The Big Ten had an eventful Sunday, participating in a number of exhibition games throughout the day. Overall the conference went 6-0 and won easily in five of the exhibition games, while Rutgers just edged St. John’s by two points.

Indiana 74, Indianapolis 53

Indiana overcame a slow start, with the game tied at 17 at one point in the first half, to knock off Indianapolis by the final score of 74-53. Leading the Hoosiers in scoring was Robert Johnson with 18 points, while Freddie McSwain Jr. had 12 points and 9 rebounds. De’Ron Davis also had a nice day with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Hoosiers limited turnovers and held their opponent to 37.5% from the field. The exhibition was a final tuneup before their opener against Indiana State on Friday.

Ohio State 88, College of Wooster 63

The Buckeyes rolled against the College of Wooster, holding their opponent to 22 points in the first half before rolling to a 25 point victory. Forward Keita Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Also reaching double figures were Kaleb Wesson (16), Kam Williams (11), Jae’Sean Tate (10) and Micah Potter (10). Ohio State’s defense had a strong outing, hold Wooster to 31.7% shooting and forcing 24 turnovers.

Penn State 84, Bloomsburg 67

Penn State played back to back games this weekend, also knocking off Lafayette 102-80 in a charity exhibition game. In the Saturday outing they were led by Tony Carr with 23 points. The defensive also had a solid performance, forcing 20 Lafayette turnovers. The Nittany Lions started off strong in their second game of the weekend, quickly opening up a sizable lead against Bloomsburg. Shep Garner led the team yesterday with 17 points, while Lamar Stevens impressed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. While Penn State shot an impressive 48.5% from the field, they struggled from three (28%) and committed 15 turnovers.

Wisconsin 85, UW-Stout 56

The Badgers rolled in their final exhibition game, knocking off Wisconsin-Stout 85-56. Kobe King led the Badgers in scoring with 17 points, while Brad Davison (13), Khali Iverson (11) and Andy Van Vliet (11) all reached double figures. Star Ethan Happ was quiet during his 22 minutes, only scoring 2 points and adding 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he didn’t shoot any field goals, so it’s not a huge surprise that he didn’t score many points. The Badgers shot 50.9% from the field and out rebounded UW-Stout by a 42-24 margin.

Minnesota 115, Wisconsin-Green Bay 86

The Gophers had an explosive performance in their charity exhibition against UW-Green Bay, scoring 115 points in a 29 point win. Richard Pitino’s squad had a balanced two halves, scoring 58 and 57 points in each half. Minnesota shot an impressive 58.9% from the field and was led in scoring by Amir Coffey with 26 points, just edging the 24 points scored by Isaiah Washington.

Rutgers 80, St. John’s 78

The most notable game from yesterday was Rutgers charity exhibition game against St. Johns. Rutgers was able to come back from a slim deficit in the second half and Issa Thiam made the game winning shot in the closing seconds. St. John’s had one more opportunity, but Justin Simon couldn’t hit a three before the buzzer. The Scarlet Knights shot 50% from the field and got to the line 28 times. Leading the team in scoring was Deshawn Freeman, who had 28 points and 12 rebounds. Also reaching double figures were Mike Williams (18) and Corey Sanders (16), while no one else scored more than five points.