Indiana vs. Illinois Postgame Notes
Jan. 9, 2010
Indiana vs. Illinois
- The Hoosiers trailed Illinois 8-6 at 17:03 in the first half before going on a 25-9 run to take a 31-17 lead with 5:47 to play. Verdell Jones III had seven points during the run, along with six from Jordan Hulls.
- Indiana was 5-of-6 from three-point range in the first half (83 percent).
- Jordan Hulls (12), Christian Watford (10), Devan Dumes (10), and Verdell Jones III (13) all scored in double figures. Indiana has had four players score in double figures in two of three Big Ten games (Michigan).
- Hulls had 11 of Indiana's first 15 points, going 4-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Jeremiah Rivers had the first point of the game for IU before Hulls rattled off eight straight points for the Hoosiers. Hulls and Rivers were the only two Indiana players to score for the first 7:47.
- Indiana's 41 first-half points marks the fifth time this year it has scored 40 or more points in the first half.
- Hulls matched his previous career high with 12 points, all of which came in the first half. He finished shooting 50 percent (4-of-8) from the field. He also tied his career high with three steals.
- Illinois started the game 2-for-3 from the field before the IU defense clamped down and the Illini missed nine straight, going over 10 minutes without a field goal, and went 3-of-16 the rest of the half.
- Illinois cut the IU lead to nine, 34-25 at 3:19, but the Hoosiers ended the half on a 7-3 run to take a 41-28 lead into the locker room at the half.
- Sixteen of Illinois' 28 first-half points came at the free-throw line. Indiana held the Illini to a season-low five field goals in the first half.
- With 1:16 to play, Illinois took a 61-60 lead, its first since 17:03 in the first half when it led 8-6.
- Daniel Moore made a three-point basket for the second straight game. He also added an assist in 10 minutes of action.
- Bobby Capobianco earned his first career start, playing a season-high 21 minutes. He finished with two points, four rebounds, a steal and a block.
- Derek Elston had a team-high six rebounds, along with two points, a steal and an assist in 10 minutes of play.
- Watford had 10 points, his sixth straight double-digit scoring effort and 10th in the last 11 games. He added five rebounds on the defensive glass.
- Jones scored in double digits for fifth straight game with 13 points and is now averaging 18.3 ppg in Big Ten play. He also had four rebounds and four assists.
- Tom Pritchard pulled down three rebounds to go along with one assist in 19 minutes.
- Rivers was 50 percent from the field (3-of-6), tallying eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes.
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