Hoosiers Late Run Not Enough in Road Loss To Northwestern
Jan. 9, 2011
EVANSTON, Ill. -Four players scored in double figures for Indiana, but it wasn't enough as host Northwestern defeated the Hoosiers, 93-81, Sunday night in Evanston.
Indiana raced out to a quick 5-2 lead thanks to senior Jeremiah Rivers, but the Wildcats grabbed the lead and never looked back. Junior John Shurna would lead the way for Northwestern with 24 points.
"We played extremely immature in the first half," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "Extremely immature. In the second half, we started to come back, and we played desperate, and we don't understand that we have got to play that way in the first half. When we go with a blue-collar mindset, and it's everything defending together, a lot of better things happen, not great things, but better things. Our discipline was not where it needed to be."
The Hoosiers went into the locker room at halftime trailing 40-28 and then the Wildcats led by as many as 24. Indiana, led by sophomore Christian Watford's 17 second half points, made a late rally and cut the lead to single digits late.
"We did not play disciplined at all, especially on the weak side," Crean said. "We don't practice that way. We guard this every day, in the sense of you can't get so enamored with the personnel that you forget that the system is what beats you. Then we hung our heads."
The Hoosiers will return home for a Saturday night matchup with Michigan. Tip-off at Assembly Hall is at 8 p.m.
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