INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — After Indiana guard Trey Galloway was out against Miami of Ohio on Sunday, 22 bench minutes were available.
“As for Gallo, he’s just broken,” said Woodson. “He twisted his knee at Xavier’s last night and we’re just being careful to make sure he’s okay.”
For Woodson, who is admittedly still tinkering with rotations on a deep and talented team, he just wants the guys to be ready when their name is called. In the first half that was CJ Gunn.
Despite playing zero minutes in Indiana’s 81-79 win at Xavier on Friday, Gunn exuded confidence and comfort in his hometown in Indiana’s 86-56 win over Ohio’s Miami at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Gunn came into the game at 11:32 in the first half, nabbing two steals, grabbing a rebound, batting a shot and assisting Trayce Jackson-Davis in the transition. Gunn missed his only first-half 3-point attempt, but his contributions were rewarded with a second first-half run.
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“I try to win basketball games,” Woodson said. “And I’m going to play against the guys that I think I can win with and [Gunn] was part of us winning.”
Gunn’s latest stat doesn’t jump off the page — five points in a 2-on-7 shooting with two assists, two steals, a rebound and a block in 18 minutes — but he does possess an important trait that’s hard to find in some newcomers . Trust.
During Indiana’s 4-0 start plus minutes in two exhibition games, Gunn never hesitated to look for his shot. He is active on the defensive with long arms and always brings energy. On Sunday, he burst past the Miami defense for a slam dunk in transition and stepped into a smooth 3-pointer for back-to-back buckets in the second half.
Gunn’s role may be limited as the season progresses due to Indiana’s depth, but efforts like Sunday’s will help Gunn find a role that shows he’s ready when called up. And that’s all Woodson can ask for.
“I have faith and I believe in anyone who wears that uniform,” Woodson said. “So, hey, just stand by. That’s all I can say to our guys coming off the bench. Be ready to play.”
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- NDIANA BEATS MIAMI: Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis had 17 points and 16 rebounds and eight other Hoosiers had six or more points as the No. 12 Hoosiers celebrated their fourth consecutive win with an 86-56 win over Miami of Ohio in Indianapolis on Sunday. CLICK HERE
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- TRAVIS STEELE’S INDIANA ROOTS: Travis Steele, Ohio basketball coach from Miami, grew up in Danville, Indiana and supported the Indiana Hoosiers. He later worked on the staff of Kelvin Sampson in Indiana. On Sunday, he will practice his Redhawks against Mike Woodson and the No. 12 Hoosiers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. CLICK HERE