Hawkeyes Top Hoosiers
Feb. 28, 2010
IOWA CITY, Iowa--Matt Gatens scored a career-high 25 points and Iowa beat Indiana 73-57 on Sunday in a Big Ten Conference game. Aaron Fuller added 17 points for the Hawkeyes who never trailed.
"We had too many turnovers in the first half, end with 20 and it ends up being an 11-point differential in points off turnovers," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "We turned them over a ton at our place, but we also exposed ourselves to too many easy baskets for them off of rebounds. That was the trade off tonight."
After Iowa built a 13-point lead in the first half, and led 32-23 at intermission, the Hoosiers, who scored the final basket of the first half and the first two in the second half, cut the lead to 32-27 with 19:04 to go in the game.
The Hawkeys would build a 60-39 lead with 4:04 to go, IU would go on a 16-5 run to cut the advantage to 65-55, but Iowa's Cully Payne would make eight straight free throws to seal the game.
Verdell Jones III had 22 points for the Hoosiers. He made seven of 10 field goals and hit on all eight of his free throw shots. Freshman Christian Watford, the top scoring newcomer in the Big Ten, had 13 points and seven rebounds.
"That is the way it has to be. I am going to fight and I am going to look for people to fight with me," said Crean. "That is how the program is going to be built. There are a couple "I's" in Indiana and there is an "I" in fight, and everybody better bring that. I thought those guys did. If they didn't, they didn't' get on the court much tonight. If they did, that is the way it has to be and that is the way we are going to progress."
As a team, the Hoosiers, who have shot 72.1% from the line in the last 10 games, improved its free throw accuracy making 20 of 25 from the line.
"We're not shooting the ball very well and that's obvious," said Crean. "We're not making a lot of shots, so we have to get the ball into the paint and get to the foul line. We are one of the better free throw shooting teams in the league over the last month of the season. That is the way we have to play. Our game is just not built on our three-point game. We have to be in a grinder and that is the best way for us to compete."
Indiana will head out on the road for a Wednesday night game at #3 Purdue with tip-off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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