Indiana Game Notes vs. Ohio State
Jan. 31, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
For the second game in a row, the Hoosiers set a season high in three-pointers made, burying 15 threes on 28 attempts. It was the seventh most threes in school history and the most since IU hit 17 on 32 attempts against Penn State at Assembly Hall on March 3, 2007.
Over the last three games, Indiana is 35-for-66 (53.0 percent) from downtown. In each game, the Hoosiers set a season high.
Matt Roth tied the school record for three-pointers made in a game by going 9-for-11 from beyond the arc. He matched Rod Wilmont's nine (13 att.) made against Northwestern on Feb. 28, 2007.
Roth tied for second on the Big Ten's all-time list (Chris Hill, 10, Michigan State) for threes made in a game and became the first freshman in conference history to make nine or more shots from beyond the arc. It matched the Big Ten record for threes in a conference contest and set a new IU record in Assembly Hall. Michigan State's Shawn Respert hit nine triples against the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall.
Roth's 29 points were a career high and the season high for a Hoosier this season, topping the 26 Devan Dumes had last game against Northwestern.
All but two of Roth's shots in conference play have been from downtown, as he is 0-for-2 from inside the arc. He is 20-for-38 (52.6 points) from beyond the arc in Big Ten action. His last 25 field goals have all come from beyond the arc.
For the first time in Big Ten play, Indiana lost the battle on the boards, 26-25. IU did outrebound the Buckeyes on the offensive end, though, 10-5. In conference action, the Hoosiers are outrebounding their opposition by an average of 5.5 per game (32.9-27.4).
For the first time since IU faced Lipscomb on Dec. 28, the Hoosiers had more assists (20) than turnovers (15). It was also the first time since that game that Indiana had fewer turnovers than its opponent, as the Hoosiers forced 17 OSU turnovers. The 20 assists were a season high.
Led by Roth's 29, the Hoosiers dominated in bench points, scoring 35 points to Ohio State's two. It is the third game in a row that IU's bench has outscored its opponent's.
After trailing 12-11, the Hoosiers went on a 13-0 run midway through the first half to open up a 24-12 lead. IU hit a trio of three pointers in a row during the run, including two by Roth to open up the 12-point lead.
For the third straight game, the Hoosiers started the game by getting a defensive stop and using a Dumes three to go up 3-0. He has hit 13 of his last 24 shots from beyond the arc.
Roth picked up his second career block on a William Buford fast-break layup with seven minutes to play in the first half. His first career block came in the second half of the game at Ohio State, on a fast-break layup attempt by Walter Offutt.
Roth more than doubled his career high in scoring, which was 12 coming into the game. He added a 2-for-2 effort at the line in addition to his nine threes in his 27 minutes of action.
Dumes finished in double figures for the fourth straight game, finishing with 13 points and adding two steals, two rebounds and an assist.
Nick Williams battled through foul trouble to finish in double figures with 11 points. He added six rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes.
Kyle Taber matched his career highs in both assists (4) and steals (3). It is the second straight game he has had three steals and the third time this season. He went 2-for-2 from the field and grabbed two rebounds in 33 minutes.
Verdell Jones III finished with nine points, six assists and six rebounds. It is the second straight game that he has led the Hoosiers in assists, while his five offensive boards were a career best. He added a steal and had just two turnovers in 34 minutes.
Tom Pritchard finished with nine points, six boards, three assists, a block and a steal. He was also 5-for-7 from the free-throw line in 29 minutes while battling foul trouble.
Despite playing just seven minutes, Daniel Moore had five assists, the sixth time this season he has had five or more assists in a game. He added a steal and a free throw in his limited action.
Check back soon