Hoosiers Victorious Over Iowa, 68-60
Feb. 4, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--Devan Dumes scored 27 and Nick Williams had 14 points, while both came up with big steals in the final 36 seconds to seal the Hoosiers' 68-60 victory over Iowa Wednesday night in Assembly Hall.
"The coaches have kept telling us to keep fighting, keep fighting and all the hard work is going to pay off and it paid off tonight," said Dumes who made all five of his three-point attempts. "We are trying to get more than one so we are going to keep working."
Afterward, a relieved coach Tom Crean hugged his wife, grabbed a microphone and thanked the fans over the public address system before shaking hands around Assembly Hall.
"I tried my best to shake as many hands as I could," said Crean. "I would have like to have shaken the hand of everyone that was in this building tonight."
The Hoosiers broke open a close game late in the first half and closed the stanza on a 14-3 run and went into the locker room with a 33-20 halftime lead. The Hoosiers came out in the second half steady and built the advantage to as much as 49-29 midway through the second half on a layup by freshman Matt Roth with 11:58 left.
The Hawkeyes closed to 52-36 before running off eight straight to get within 53-44 with 7:33 left. Kyle Taber, Indiana's only senior, posted up for two layups to make it 57-44. He played a career-high 37 minutes and tied his career-best with seven points. He also added eight boards.
The Hawkeyes pulled to within 59-56 on a pair of Jarryd Cole free throws, but Dumes nailed his final trey to make it 62-56 with just over a minute left. Freshman Matt Gatens hit a layup and after a Taber free throw, Iowa's Jeff Peterson followed that with a layup that got Iowa within 63-60 with 46.7 seconds to go.
But the Hoosiers figured out how to close it out.
Dumes stole the ball and after a missed layup, Williams scored on a putback. Then Williams stole the inbounds pass and gave it to Dumes, who was fouled. Dumes connected on both free throws to finally seal the win. Williams finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
"We were able to hold on," said Crean. "They never got the lead and we were able to make some big plays down the stretch. And that will help us. It will help us immensely to know now that we can finish it off at this level. And that is what our focus has been finishing."
The Hoosiers tied their season low with 11 turnovers and continued their hot shooting from three-point range making seven of 13 from long distance. Dumes, who made all five of his triples, tied Kyle Hornsby (2002 at Michigan) and Keith Smart (1987 at Ohio State) for the Hoosiers most accurate long range effort in a Big Ten game. Robert Vaden has the overall IU mark after making six for six in 2006 at Ball State.
"With him, the way he was shooting that is one of his great spots," said Crean about Dumes' final long distance attempt. "We wanted to run a few more continuity things, not to ice the game but just get ball reversal. The way he was feeling tonight it was a very good shot."
The Hoosiers will go on the road for their next two contests. Indiana plays Saturday, February 7 at Michigan State (4 p.m. on ESPN) and Tuesday, February 10 at Minnesota (9 p.m. on the Big Ten Network).
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