November 24, 2015

Indiana and UNLV had less than 24 hours to digest first-round defeats at the Maui Invitational before taking the court again, and they each responded with victories they wished brought them closer to the tournament title.

Instead, the 13th-ranked Hoosiers and Runnin' Rebels will face each other in Wednesday's fifth-place game looking to leave Hawaii with just one loss.

Indiana (4-1) blew a seven-point lead in the final five minutes and allowed the go-ahead bucket with 3.2 seconds left in Monday's 82-78 upset loss to Wake Forest. It was especially difficult to swallow considering the Hoosiers won three games by an average of 28.7 points before arriving in Maui.

They weren't at their best in the second half Tuesday either, but Yogi Ferrell scored 22 points and had seven assists while freshman Thomas Bryant added 19 in an 83-73 win over St. John's.

Coach Tom Crean changed his lineup, bringing James Blackmon and Troy Williams off the bench after both started the first four. Blackmon hit 5 of 8 from the field and scored 12 points in 17 minutes, and Williams scored seven while adding nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

''We were upset with the loss (Monday), but we looked at this as another opportunity for us to go out and show everybody what we're made of," Ferrell said. "Last game we played, we didn't start off with that mindset that we were going to go out and try to beat these dudes. I think this game we started off very well defensively and offensively.''

Indiana shot 57.7 percent after hitting 43.3 percent against Wake Forest. Bryant made 7 of 9 from the floor as the Hoosiers decided to go down low more, attempting 19 3-pointers - eight makes - after taking an average of 27.8 shots from behind the arc over their first four.

''We went to a game plan that really was where we needed to end the game (Monday), and we didn't end it that way, but we came at it and established it right away," Crean said. ''We didn't play great. It wasn't always pretty, but it's not going to be when you're playing against other competitive teams when you're in this environment."

UNLV (3-1) has had its issues in Maui as well. After falling 77-75 to UCLA in the first round Monday, the Rebels trailed by four at halftime to Division II tournament host Chaminade on Tuesday.

They turned it on in the second half and pulled away for a 93-73 victory, as freshman Derrick Jones finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Patrick McCaw added 25.

Jones played only 11 minutes because of foul trouble against the Bruins and finished with six points. McCaw had scored at least 20 in three straight.

''We took a tough loss. Coach (Dave) Rice ensured that we'd come prepared for Chaminade,'' McCaw said. ''I know we came out a little slow. We had to fight through the aches and pains. But in the second half, Coach was just preaching we've got to bring energy and effort in the second half and play Runnin' Rebel basketball, and that's what we did.''

Standout freshman Stephen Zimmerman had 10 points and 14 boards against UCLA, but he wasn't in uniform while sitting on the bench Tuesday because of an illness. It isn't clear if Zimmerman, who said he didn't feel well Monday, will be able to play against the Hoosiers.

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