Postgame Notes - Indiana at Penn State
Jan. 21, 2010
Indiana avenged a trio of defeats at the hand of Penn State last year with a 67-61 victory. It marked the first road win and the first back-to-back conference wins for IU in the Tom Crean era. Crean improved to 205-130 in his 11th year as a head coach.
The Hoosiers never trailed in the contest, the first time that has occurred since a 72-57 win over Cornell on Nov. 30, 2008.
Tied at 8-8 with 13:58 to play in the first half, the Hoosiers went on a 15-4 run to open up an 11-point lead at 23-12 on Christian Watford's jumper with 8:22 left.
Penn State did not tie the game again until knotting it at 40-40 midway through the second half, when the Hoosiers used a 10-2 run to open up an eight-point lead with 9:58 left.
IU's perimeter defense was very strong against the Nittany Lions, as IU limited PSU to 4-for-22 shooting from beyond the arc. In road games this year, Indiana opponents are just 9-for-55 (16.4 percent) from three-point land. Penn State entered the game hitting 33 percent of their conference treys. IU is third in the conference with a .298 three-point percentage defense.
Devan Dumes scored 15 points off the bench to lead IU, the most by a Hoosier non-starter this season. It marks the most points scored off the bench since Matt Roth netted 29 against Ohio State on Jan. 31, 2009. Dumes also scored 13 off the bench in his last game, against Minnesota on Sunday. The senior went 5-for-12 from the field and added two assists and three steals.
Indiana's eight blocks were the second-most by the Hoosiers this season (10 vs. Pitt). Derek Elston led the way with three ricochets in seven minutes and added eight points and a steal in his limited time. IU got 27 of its 67 points off the bench.
The Hoosiers divided the scoring very evenly in their hot-shooting first half. Five Hoosiers (Dumes, Jordan Hulls, Verdell Jones III, Jeremiah Rivers and Watford) had six points apiece to tie for the team lead, while Derek Elston was just behind with five.
Dumes' three with 13:30 to play in the first half marked the 277th game in a row that the Hoosiers have buried a trey. IU finished 9-for-20 from beyond the arc in the game, the best effort by the Hoosiers from distance in conference play this year.
Jones was just one point behind Dumes in the scoring column, going 5-for-12 from the field for 14 points. He drained a crucial three for the Hoosiers with 2:58 remaining to make it a two-possession game for the remainder of the contest. Jones also added four assists and four rebounds.
Watford came just one rebound shy of posting his second double-double in a row, finishing with 11 points and nine boards. The freshman was 5-for-9 from the field and buried his only three-point attempt.
Hulls continued his strong play since being inserted in the starting lineup seven games ago, burying 3-of-6 threes in the game to finish with nine points. He also had two assists and two boards.
Jeremiah Rivers found himself in foul trouble throughout the game, but scored six points early in the game. Rivers added four boards, two assists, a steal and a block in his season-low 17 minutes
Tom Pritchard did not score in the game, but he made his presence felt nonetheless. The sophomore finished with six rebounds, all on the defensive end, and added two assists, two steals and two blocks in 25 minutes.
Daniel Moore didn't light up the stat sheet, but his contributions on the court were clear to anyone watching the game. In addition to hustling all over the floor on the defensive end, the Carmel, Ind., native came off the bench and hit two crucial free throws at the end of the game to ice the win for IU.
Bobby Capobianco played 19 minutes for the Hoosiers, scoring two points to go with two boards, two assists, a steal and a block. Bawa Muniru played two minutes late in the first half for the Hoosiers, grabbing an important offensive board.
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