Men's Basketball

    Indiana Falls To Northwestern's Strong Second Half

    Go Hoosiers! Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones III defend against Northwestern center Kyle Rowley. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones III defend against Northwestern center Kyle Rowley. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 25, 2009

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Craig Moore scored 17 points and Michael Thompson had 16, leading Northwestern to a 75-53 victory over Indiana - the school's first-ever victory at Assembly Hall.

    Indiana was led by Kyle Taber, who had a career-high 12 points, and Nick Williams with 11.

    "There are so many things we have to get better at," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "We've known that all year. But the steam is running dry right now. We've just got to continue to focus on getting these guys better every step of the way. And continue to do everything we can do to make the foundation strong and thorough and long lasting and develop players and build for the future."

    The Hoosiers started out strong scoring the first six points and led 15-7 at the first media timeout with 15:47 to go. However, Northwestern eventually took the lead.

    "I think it has a lot to do with us," added Crean. Don't take that wrong. They are a good basketball team. We got beat by our own mindset as much as anything else tonight. We stopped being real aggressive. We are not nearly as aggressive as we need to be. We just weren't physical enough. We didn't demand the ball enough."

    Indiana trailed 30-25 at the half, then rallied to within 41-39 with 14:28 to go.

    But Northwestern answered the challenge with its 3-point shooters. They combined to hit four 3s during an 20-4 run that gave the Wildcats a 61-45 lead with 5:52 remaining and Indiana never challenged again.

    "We do not have a defensive mindset and we are trying to do everything we possibly know how to build that," said Crean. "Hopefully we can continue to get closer to that over the next few weeks. That has to be the foundation of the program.

    The Hoosiers will go on the road Saturday night for a 6 p.m. contest at Penn State.

    "Northwestern is a good basketball team and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see them in the NCAA Tournament," commented Crean.

     

     

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