Hoosiers Fall To Gophers
Feb. 20, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS-Senior Devan Dumes scored a season-high 20 points, but Minnesota shots lights out from long distance and took home the 81-58 victory on Saturday night in Williams Arena.
"We have to do a better job of really getting up into people, and at the same time we have to hold our own and guard the dribble better," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "We gave up too much penetration and we gave up too many shots. I keep telling these guys I'm not looking at this game right now from a positional standpoint. I'm looking at this game from an energy standpoint and who goes and gives us the best heart and hustle and desire. For a lot of the time tonight that is what we did. We had a lot of mismatches and they took advantage of them. I refuse to play in a situation where we are not going to give everything we have and we are going to play scared or a little timid. We can't do that."
Minnesota led throughout, but the Hoosiers made it 12-9 on a conventional three-point play by freshmen Bobby Capobianco with 12:42. However, the Gophers broke it opne from there with a 13-0 run.
Minnesota would lead 44-25 at halftime, and the Hoosiers whittled the lead to 48-35 with 17:29 to go on a three-pointer by Jordan Hulls. Unfortunately, IU could get no closer.
Dumes hit four of nine three-pointers and added two assists in 27 minutes. Junior Jeremiah Rivers had 10 points, his Big Ten high for the season, and four assists. Sophomore Verdell Jones III also added 10 points.
"We kept coming at them," noted Crean. "I thought we continued to fight. We had some tough situations. We had Jeremiah Rivers guarding their 4-man. I didn't think there was a time that they could deal with our speed. Even though they had a lead that we never chipped into, we were able to get some things going and we got some confidence, which was the most important part of the night for us."
The Hoosiers return to action on Thursday night for a 9 p.m. game against Wisconsin in Assembly Hall.
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