BLOOMINGTON – A young team played beyond its years Saturday.
That's the simplest way to put what Indiana did in its 89-68 rout of North Florida at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers (7-2) passed well. They defended well. The usual suspects like Yogi Ferrell and Noah Vonleh played well, while role players Evan Gordon and Hanner Mosquera-Perea filled in the gaps.
North Florida (5-6) wasn't a great opponent, and IU had its share of mistakes. But the Hoosiers didn't look like a group that featured six freshmen against the Ospreys.
More often than not, they looked like veterans.
IU set a season high with 17 assists, seven of which it got in the first eight minutes. The Hoosiers turned it over just once in those first eight minutes and finished the game with 11 turnovers.
They also put a stamp on the game with a 14-0 run in the first half after North Florida pulled within six points with 6:11 left.
That run, which lasted four minutes and put the game out of reach for the Ospreys, was one of the best stretches of basketball the Hoosiers have played this season.
Ferrell had 14 points and seven assists as he almost put together his first double-double of the season. Vonleh, meanwhile, got his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds as well as four steals.
Both Gordon (15) and Mosquera-Perea (8) set career highs in points as IU put together one of its most efficient offensive performances of the year.
North Florida freshman Dallas Moore had 27 points, but no other Ospreys got to double figures in a 37.1 percent team shooting effort.