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Indiana blasts Jacksonville, 93-59

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 07:43 PM
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Indiana continued its roll right through the small-school portion of its schedule Friday night — and it's finally ready to start play in the rugged Big Ten.

Jordan Hulls scored a season-high 20 points, Cody Zeller added 16 and the fifth-ranked Hoosiers cruised past Jacksonville 93-59 in their final non-conference game.

The Hoosiers (12-1) have won three straight, all by at least 34 points.

Jacksonville (5-8) was led by Dylan Fritsch with 15 points and Jarvis Haywood with nine, but lost for the fourth time this season to a power-conference school. The Dolphins have now dropped four of their last six overall.

It certainly wasn't pretty.

For the second time this season, the Hoosiers struggled after a prolonged break. Two weeks ago, they lost to then-unranked Butler in their second game in 14 days.

On Friday, after taking a week off for Christmas, Indiana started sluggishly again. This time, the nation's highest-scoring team and second-best shooting team missed its first four shots and turned the ball over four times on its first eight possessions before finally settling down, taking the lead and eventually pulling away.

An 11-3 run early in the second half made it 63-41 and Jacksonville never got closer than 21 the rest of the way.

NO. 13 GONZAGA 94,

BAYLOR 87

Kevin Pangos made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead Gonzaga past Baylor.

Kelly Olynyk scored 21 for Gonzaga (12-1), Elias Harris had 17 and Gary Bell Jr. added 12. The Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the field on 31 of 59 shooting. Pangos made 10 of 13 shots and finished two points shy of his career-high.

Pierre Jackson led Baylor (8-4) with 26 points, Isaiah Austin, a 7-foot-1 220-pound freshman, had 20 and Cory Jefferson added 13. The Bears also shot 52 percent for the game, but attempted 21 fewer free throws than Gonzaga.

Gonzaga didn't hold a lead until the 4:53 mark of the first half. But once they got the lead, they were determined not to relinquish it. The Bulldogs never trailed after halftime and led by as many as 12.

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