Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Penn State
Jan. 17, 2009
Indiana Postgame Notes
Indiana did most of its damage in the paint against the Nittany Lions, scoring 17 of its 20 total field goals made in the paint for 34 points. IU's other three field goals came from outside the arc. Indiana is averaging 29.4 points in the paint this season and has outscored its opposition nine times in the paint.
The Hoosiers continued to crash the offensive glass, recording 10 rebounds on the offensive end and reaching double figures for the fourth consecutive game, for the ninth time in 11 games and for 12th time on the year. Penn State had just three offensive boards, a figure that was matched by both Tom Pritchard and Kyle Taber.
Indiana won the battle of the boards, 32-25, led by Nick Williams' nine rebounds and Kyle Taber's eight. IU has outrebounded all five of its Big Ten opponents on the year. The 25 boards matched the season low against the Hoosiers this season.
Indiana held the trio of Jamelle Cornley, Andrew Jones and Talor Battle to 11 boards - 7.2 below the collective average for the three.
IU was 12-for-14 (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line in the game, the best effort from the charity stripe for the Hoosiers this year. Indiana is 22-for-27 (81.5 percent) over the last two games from the line.
Down 27-15, the Hoosiers used a 12-4 run over a period of seven minutes to trim the deficit to just six points in the opening minute of the second half. IU also had an 8-2 run late in the game to turn a 10-point deficit to four with just 40 seconds left.
Freshman forward Tom Pritchard scored the first points for the Hoosiers in the game, the seventh time he has scored the first points in a game for Indiana this season.
The Hoosiers tightened up their defense midway through the first half, forcing turnovers on five consecutive Penn State possessions.
Freshman forward Tom Pritchard matched his career high with two blocked shots in the game, the sixth time this season Pritchard has registered two blocks in a game. He had 12 points and five rebounds.
Kyle Taber matched a season high with eight rebounds, three on the offensive boards. Taber's career high is 10 rebounds, which he set in IU's last game against Penn State.
Nick Williams came just a rebound short of his first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine boards. Williams took a career-high 17 shots, the most by an IU player this season.
Devan Dumes led the Hoosiers with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting. He also was 4-for-5 from the line and pulled down a rebound in 26 minutes.
Verdell Jones III was tops on the team with four assists in the game, the fifth game in a row that he has led the team in helpers. He had eight points, three rebounds and a steal as well.
Matt Roth scored all six of his points in the final 1:11, hitting a pair of threes to pull the Hoosiers within four. He was 2-for-3 from downtown and had a steal in nine minutes of action.
Brett Finkelmeier matched a career best with two points, laying in a fast-break layup in the second half. Broderick Lewis played 16 minutes after entering the contest with 28 minutes played in his career. He has played 32 minutes in the last three games.
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