No. 15 Hoosiers cruise past Eastern Illinois 88-49 in opener

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BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 13: James Blackmon Jr. #1 of the Indiana Hoosiers shoots the ball against the Eastern Illinois Panthers at Assembly Hall on November 13, 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Nov. 13, 2015) — James Blackmon Jr. scored 17 points, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added 13 and No. 15 Indiana routed Eastern Illinois 88-49 on Friday night.

The Hoosiers (1-0) have won all eight season openers under coach Tom Cream and 18 in a row overall. They also have won 31 consecutive home openers.

Eastern Illinois (0-1) was led by A.J. Riley with 13 points and Trae Anderson with 12.

But the Panthers were no match for the new-look Hoosiers, who took control with a 7-0 run early in the first half, and then started pulling away with a 12-3 spurt that made it 28-16.

The Hoosiers extended the margin to 49-17 at halftime.

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