Indiana Falls to No. 13 Ohio State
Feb. 10, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Thirteenth ranked Ohio State went on a 12-0 run late in the first half to break open a close game and went on to post a 69-52 win at Indiana, Wednesday night.
"The most important thing right now for us is to try and get our mentality back," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "There is no excuse for not playing better tonight. It's a situation of we don't have anything in the tank to fall back on when things aren't going well for us."
After falling behind 9-0, Indiana went on a 17-9 run to cut the gap to 18-17 with 7:48 to go. After OSU went up 22-17, freshman Christian Watford drained a three-pointer to make it 22-20 with 6:09 before halftime. The Buckeyes then scored the final 12 points of the half to take a 34-20 lead at intermission.
"We didn't have a spirit (closing out the half). We did not have a spirit to continue to fight back inside of that. I think it was that more than anything else. We didn't guard the dribble as well. We went on what I call island defense. We sit on an island by ourselves."
Watford led the Hoosiers with 15 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Jordan Hulls had a career-high 13 points and made all three of his long distance attemptsw. Sophomore Verdell Jones III added 11 points.
IU did win the battle of the boards, 37-33.
"We are not a hardened enough team yet," said Crean. "We aren't tough and smart enough yet in so many different areas to withstand mistakes. I love what our game plan was about, but again, it wasn't about game plan, it wasn't about anything significant in the fact that we didn't move well, we weren't alert, we didn't guard the dribble, and we weren't alert in the back side. We have to get our mentality better and grow from it and get ready to go again. "
The Hoosiers face #11 Wisconsin on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest in Madison.
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