Postgame Notes - Indiana at Minnesota
Feb. 26, 2012
The 19-point margin of victory ties for the largest this season by Indiana in a true road game (at Evansville).
The last time Indiana won a road Big Ten game by 19 points was Feb. 11, 2004, at Penn State, 75-56.
The victory in Minneapolis is the first for IU since Jan. 17, 2008.
Indiana now leads the all-time series against Minnesota, 94-66 and head coach Tom Crean is 3-7 against the Golden Gophers.
The Hoosiers had four players score in double figures but none had more than 12 points and nine different players scored in the game for IU.
Indiana grabbed 41 rebounds in the game, the most since hauling in 53 at Purdue on Feb. 4.
Minnesota shot 31 percent from the field for the game, the second-lowest opponent field goal percentage by an opponent in Big Ten play against Indiana (.296 at Purdue).
The Hoosiers were 6-of-12 from 3-point land, the 11th time this season that IU has shot 50 percent or better from long range in a game this season.
Indiana was 21-of-25 at the free throw line in the game, the seventh time in Big Ten play that the Hoosiers have made at least 21 free throws in a game.
The 84 percent at the free throw line is the third-highest percent of the season for Indiana and the highest since shooting 88 percent (22-of-25) at home against Minnesota.
The Hoosiers held Minnesota to just 18 made field goals for the game, the second-fewest in Big Ten play (17 vs. Penn State on Jan. 22, 2012).
Indiana led 21-18 with 7:10 left in the first half and went on a 25-10 run over the next 12:10 to take a 46-28 edge.
Junior Christian Watford scored 12 points, aided by a 7-of-7 effort at the foul line, and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes.
Junior Jordan Hulls also scored 12 points and added two rebounds and three assists (no turnovers). He also blocked a shot, the eighth of his career and second this season for the six-foot guard. Hulls was 2-for-4 from long distance, giving him 158 in his career to move into eighth place on the career list at Indiana, trailing Damon Bailey's 166 for seventh place.
Hulls now has 874 career points, moving into 55th place on the Indiana career scoring list, passing Roderick Wilmont and Jon P. McGlocklin.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo also had 12 points while also grabbing a team-best eight rebounds and two steals. The eight rebounds matches his career high.
Senior Verdell Jones III scored 11 points off the bench as well as grabbing a season-high seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. He now has 1,328 career points, nine points shy of passing Ted Kitchel for 23rd on the Indiana career scoring list.
Sophomore Will Sheehey got the start for Indiana and scored seven points and hauled in three rebounds.
Freshman Cody Zeller tallied seven points and two rebounds while battling foul trouble in the second half.
Junior Derek Elston continued his strong play of late with three points and five rebounds in 14 minutes.
Senior Matt Roth connected on 1-of-4 triples to account for his three points.
Freshman Austin Etherington pulled down a rebound in his three minutes of action.
Freshman Remy Abell made a pair of free throws for his two points.
Senior Tom Pritchard had three rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes off the bench.
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