Wisconsin Tops Hoosiers, 68-51
Feb. 19, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Trevon Hughes had 21 points and Wisconsin pulled away in the second half to beat Indiana 68-51 on Thursday night.
The Hoosiers were hoping to pull off their second home win in the last three games at Assembly Hall and when freshman Verdell Jones III hit a runner in the lane on the first possession of the second half the crowd of nearly 15,000 thought the home team might go on roll after taking a 32-31 lead.
"I don't think we competed or played well in the second half," said head coach Tom Crean. "Our defense really let us down. And there is really nothing in the second half that we can hang our hat on. We were much different than the first half and they exposed that. They did an excellent job taking advantage of that."
Wisconsin would go on an 18-2 run to break open the game at 49-34 with 11:31 to go.
In the first half, the Hoosiers played strong and shot 50.0 percent from the field making 12 of 24 shots. In a back and forth first half, Indiana built a 22-17 advantage on a three-pointer by junior Devan Dumes.
Jones scored 16 points and is now averaging 14 points in his last four games. Dumes chipped in 12 and made all nine of his free throw attempts. Story added 11 for the Hoosiers who will turn around and play at Purdue at 2 p.m., Saturday.
Indiana will return home on Wednesday, February 25 to face Northwestern.
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