Hoosiers Fall at No. 12/14 Purdue, 67-53
Feb. 8, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Despite being down by just eight with less than four minutes to go, the Indiana men's basketball team fell at No. 12/14 Purdue, 67-53.
Will Sheehey led the Hoosiers (12-13, 3-9) with 14 points, while Jordan Hulls scored 13 points and Verdell Jones III added 10 points in the effort. Derek Elston led IU on the glass with seven rebounds, with Tom Pritchard adding 6 boards.
"These guys really battled," said IU head coach Tom Crean. "The crowd was not a factor to them. They were ready to go. They've had a couple of really good days. They responded to the challenges that have been put forth to them, but they challenged each other and my coaching staff did just an incredible job of creating intensity and making them better over the last couple of days and them responding to it."
The Boilers (19-5, 8-3) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first minute and a half only to see IU answer with a 6-2 run to knot the score at 8-8, with 13:28 to go in the first stanza. A layup from JaJuan Johnson put Purdue up by two, but the Hoosiers answered with an 8-2 run to take a 16-12 lead with 9:03 to go in the half. However, a 3-pointer from E'Twaun Moore sparked a 19-8 Purdue run that gave the Boilermakers a 31-24 lead at the break.
Hulls put IU on the board first in the second half scoring at the 19:25 mark to cut Purdue's lead five, 31-26. That was part of a 10-7 run that brought the Hoosiers within four, 38-34, with 14:08 to go in the game. However, the Boilers answered with a jumper from Moore and maintained at least a six-point edge on the way to the 67-53 win.
The Hoosiers shot 35.5 percent (22-of-62) from the field and stayed perfect at the free throw line hitting 7-of-7 on the game. IU led the Boilers on the glass for most of the game, but ended up just short, 36-32. Indiana tallied nine steals on 11 Purdue miscues.
Sheehey shot 5-of-12 from the field, with a 3-pointer, and sank 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Hulls made 6-of-15 from the field, with a 3-pointer and added three rebounds and two assists. Jones sank 5-of-14 from the field for his 10 points.
"They've been holding each other accountable, that's why it's so disheartening sometimes in coaching because we play this way, this physical in the game, we win the game on Saturday in double-digits," added Crean. "No offense to Iowa at all in the way that they played. But when we play with this kind of toughness and spirit, we're a different team. It just shows that we don't have that kind of maturity yet to do this day-in and day-out. Eventually it's going to come and we've got to get to it as quick as we can."
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 12, when they travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan at 4 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
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