No. 16/17 Indiana Falls at No. 25 Wisconsin, 57-50
Jan. 26, 2012
"We played really hard, we just didn't get to some rebounds," said head coach Tom Crean. "You fight a lot of elements when you go on the road in the Big Ten and you have to overcome a lot of things. We did a lot of good things, but we've got to come up with the rebounds in the end and Wisconsin did. We outrebounded them for the game, but we needed a couple in the end to really solidify it."
In a game that saw the score tied five times and the lead change 10 times, the Hoosiers (16-5, 4-5) battled the Badgers (17-5, 6-3) from beginning to end. Wisconsin opened with a quick 7-2 lead, but a 13-2 Indiana run gave the Hoosiers a 15-9 lead with 10:24 to go in the first half. The Badgers answered and whittled away at IU's lead to regain a one-point edge, 20-19, with 2:41 on the clock. However, Indiana battled back as a 3 from junior Jordan Hulls with 34 seconds left in the first stanza gave the Hoosiers a 27-25 lead at the break.
The Hoosiers came out fighting in the second half, taking a five-point lead, 34-29, with 14:29 on the clock. Indiana maintained a slight edge over Wisconsin until the 9:22 mark when Ben Brust sank a 3-pointer to give the Badgers a 41-39 lead. Indiana matched it with a jumper from senior Matt Roth to knot the score at 41-41, but Wisconsin answered with a pair of baskets to take a 45-43 lead with 6:19 to play. Freshman Cody Zeller cut the lead in half with a basket and sophomore Victor Oladipo followed that with a steal to set up Watford for a 3 to give Indiana a 46-45 lead with 5:39 to go. However, the Badgers took advantage at the free throw line in the closing minutes for the 57-50 win.
Indiana shot 45.7 percent (21-of-46) from the field on the game and held Wisconsin to shooting under 40 percent (39.6) from the field and 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from 3 on the night. The Hoosiers also won the battle on the boards, 30-27.
Jones III made 6-of-10 from the field for his 12 points and added three rebounds and two assists. Watford made 4-of-6 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers for his 12 points. He also tallied three rebounds and one steal. Hulls lead Indiana with six rebounds, to go along with nine points and two assists. Zeller recorded seven points, three rebounds, one block and one steal.
"We're getting better," said Crean. "We've got to go home and get it solidified and get ourselves ready for a packed house on Sunday against an Iowa team that has come in and had some success against us. We just need the place absolutely jumping."
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 29, when it plays host to Iowa at 6 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. Sunday's game will air on the Big Ten Network and the IU Radio Network.
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