Cody Zeller kept No. 1 Indiana in control throughout the first half Monday night. Remy Abell gave the Hoosiers the other big scorer they needed in the second half, and it came just in time for the Hoosiers to fend off pesky North Dakota State 87-61.
Zeller finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Abell scored a career-high 14, including seven straight during the run that finally turned the game. Freshman Jeremy Hollowell had 14 points for the Hoosiers in the first round of the Progressive Legends Classic.
To Hoosiers fans, it was almost unsightly.
The energy that persisted throughout Friday night's season opener just didn't exist in the second game of the season. And while Indiana still had a solid rebounding advantage, it wasn't' as dominant against a team picked to finish second in the Summit League.
The bigger problem: fouls.
North Dakota State (1-1) wanted to challenge Indiana's shots at any cost. The price was a constant parade to the free-throw line, and for about...