Indiana Game Notes vs. Michigan State
Feb. 7, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
This is the ninth straight game in the series that the home team has emerged victorious. Indiana still leads the all-time series over the Spartans, 65-45.
Indiana maintained its toughness on the boards, staying neck-and-neck with the top rebounding team in the nation. The Hoosiers were even with the Spartans until late in the second half, eventually losing the battle of the boards, 38-32.
The Hoosier defense held two of Michigan State's top scorers - Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers - to 12 combined points and 5-for-26 shooting (19.2 percent). The two entered the game averaging 25.0 points and shooting 42.3 percent from the field.
Verdell Jones III led the Hoosiers with 13 points, the first time in his career that he has led the Hoosiers in scoring. However, for the first time in conference play, Jones did not lead the team in assists, as his two were bested by Daniel Moore's three.
The Hoosiers divided up the offense well in the game, as no player on the team took 10 shots from the field, though five different players took at least five field goals. It is the second game in a row that no Hoosier has registered 10 field goals. The only other time this season that occurred was in the Maui Classic vs. St. Joe's on Nov. 25.
For the first time in the last five games, Indiana did not take a 3-0 lead, as Michigan State scored the game's first bucket to go up 2-0. In each of the previous four games, a Devan Dumes three put IU up to begin the contest.
Trailing 33-24 in the waning minutes of the first half, the Hoosiers scored the game's next six points to draw within three points at 33-30 just after halftime, but that is as close as IU got in the second half.
Kyle Taber now has gone five straight games with at least one steal. He has 12 swipes over that stretch.
The fivesome of Nick Williams, Taber, Tom Pritchard, Devan Dumes and Jones started for the seventh straight game. That lineup has started nine times this year.
Jones did most of his damage from the free-throw line, going 8-for-10 from the stripe. He added three rebounds, two assists and a block.
Williams had another strong game on the glass, grabbing seven rebounds, his third straight game and fifth in the last six with at least six boards. Williams added seven points, an assist and a steal.
Pritchard scored nine points and had five rebounds, going 3-for-5 from the field. Fellow post player Taber had two points and three rebounds to go along with an assist and a steal.
Dumes scored five second-half points after being shut out during foul trouble in the opening half. He added four rebounds.
Moore came off the bench to record three assists and two defensive rebounds in 16 minutes. Malik Story had two assists, one point and a rebound in his 22 minutes.
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