ASHEVILLE, N.C. — — Race Thompson delivered a career high for both points and rebounds and the Indiana Hoosiers beat the Providence Friars 79-58 on Monday in the 2020 Camping World Maui Invitational, which was relocated from Hawaii this year.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will now be played at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
Thompson paced Indiana with a double-double that included career highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds and made 8 of his 12 shots from the field. The junior forward from Plymouth, MN, was bettering his previous bests of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Al Durham added 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting to go with six rebounds, Trayce Jackson-Davis had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Rob Phinisee supported with 11 points and five assists for Indiana (2-0).
The Hoosiers, who secured an 89-59 win over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday in the season opener, sho Hoosiers shot 45.2% from the field and had 16 assists on 28 made baskets.
Nate Watson and David Duke each scored 12 points for Providence (1-1), as no other Friars players managed to score in double figures.
Providence struggled from the field, after shooting just 37.3% on 19 of 51 attempts, while going just 3 of 17 from 3-point range. They allowed 17 points off 13 turnovers and were outrebounded 42-33 by Indiana.
“I think we are deficient on the glass right now,” Indiana head coach Archie Miller said. “Trayce (Jackson-Davis) can rebound the ball, Race (Thompson) can rebound the ball.
“Other than that, I don’t know that we have a ton of guys going after the ball and rebound it. That is the biggest concern going to Asheville.”
“The defensive rebounding was what I was really concerned about,” Miller added. “I thought, for the most part, we did a pretty good job out there.
“Al and Armaan, I believe both had five defensive rebounds from the guard position. Our goal for the game defensively is to be able to get guard rebounds because we’re a littler smaller, but guys scrapped and played hard.”
The 2020 Camping World Maui Invitational tournament continues on Tuesday for Indiana, which advanced to play No. 17 Texas.
After suffering a defeat to the Hoosiers on Monday, Providence will now face Davidson.