Oladipo Leads No. 7/8 Indiana Past Penn State, 72-49
Jan. 23, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Victor Oladipo's 19 points led four Hoosiers in double-digits as the No. 7/8 Indiana men's basketball team beat Penn State, 72-49, in Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
The Hoosiers (17-2, 5-1) used staunch defense to keep the Nittany Lions under 50 points, including 19 in the first half - the second straight game IU has held a team under 20 in a half.
"The thing that I look at with our team is that they are really trying to put themselves in a place where they can hang their hat on the defensive end, and we're getting there," said head coach Tom Crean. "The other day, we told them that there are two teams in the country in the top 10 in field goal percentage defense and field goal percentage offense, and we're one of them. We want to stay in that position. Right now, the biggest thing we can work on is making sure that we are getting better as individual defenders, collective defenders, that our rebounding continues to improve, and that we keep turning defense into offense."
Indiana also posted a potent offense, sinking 55 percent (11-of-20) from 3 and 45.5 percent (20-of-44) from the field in the game. Oladipo's 19 points came by way of 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 2 3-pointers. He also made 9-of-12 from the free throw line, to go along with six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell netted 15 points and junior Will Sheehey added 12 points off the bench. Senior Christian Watford also reached double-digits with 10 points, to go along with nine rebounds.
The Hoosiers jumped out a quick 7-0 lead by way of a layup from Watford and back-to-back 3's from Ferrell to force the Nittany Lions (8-11, 0-7) into an early timeout. Penn State answered to cut IU's lead to three, but that was the closest it got as the Hoosiers outscored PSU, 24-15, to take a 33-19 lead into the break.
A 3 from Ferrell just eight seconds into the start of the second half ignited an 8-0 run to give the Hoosiers a 41-19 lead with 18:55 on the clock. Indiana led by as many as 25 en route to the 72-49 win.
"Yogi did an excellent job tonight shooting the ball," said Crean. "You could see it yesterday. We walked through on Monday, and we probably had the shortest practice of the year yesterday. Outside of weightlifting, we were probably on the court for about an hour and five minutes. So we lost a lot of our rhythm. It got us a little tonight. We have a hard stretch coming up. Next week is three games. Its Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday."
The Hoosiers won the battle on the boards, 39-32, and scored 15 points off of 18 Penn State turnovers. Indiana also held the Nittany Lions to just 13.3 percent (2-of-15) shooting from beyond the arc, and 33.3 percent (17-of-51) from the field on the game.
Sophomore Cody Zeller tallied eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two points and one steal. Senior Jordan Hulls netted eight points and added five rebounds, an assist and a steal. Freshman Jeremy Hollowell registered four points and three rebounds in nine minutes off the bench.
"Every game is going to be an absolute battle," Crean added. "I knew we might be giving up a little bit in execution to make sure that we had really good energy and build it over the long hall. But at the same time, those guys spent a lot of extra time shooting the ball. I thought Will shot the ball extremely well. We made 11 3's. I think that's really positive."
Indiana returns to action on Sunday when it takes on No. 13/11 Michigan State in Assembly Hall at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.
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