Postgame Notes - Michigan State at Indiana
March 3, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
Matt Roth hit two of his five threes in the game, the 13th time this season that he has had at least two threes in a contest this season. The Hoosiers went 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) from the outside in the game. MSU had held Big Ten opponents to 30.4 percent 3-point shooting entering the game.
After falling behind 56-43, the Hoosiers put together a 13-2 run to pull within just two points at 58-56. Malik Story had a pair of key layups during the run, but five different Hoosiers scored during the rally.
The Hoosier defense clamped down late, holding Michigan State to 2-for-10 shooting from the field down the stretch. The Spartans were 20-for-33 prior to that period.
Both Michigan State (29) and Indiana (22) posted season lows in rebounds.
The Hoosiers outscored the Spartans both in the paint (28-22) and off turnovers (17-11). The only other time Indiana has outscored its opponent off turnovers was its win over Iowa on Feb. 4. IU had just four turnovers in the second half.
After not leading the Hoosiers in scoring once in his first 18 games, Verdell Jones III has led IU in points six times in the last eight contests. He has scored 109 points over those eight outings, an average of 13.6 per game. In his first 18 games as a Hoosier, he averaged 8.5 points.
Jones also led the Hoosiers in rebounds (five) and assists (four) in the game. He became the first Hoosier since Earl Calloway (11/13/06 vs. Lafayette) to lead the team in all three categories. He also matched a career high with three steals.
The Hoosiers got their first points on a Devan Dumes three, the second straight game that IU has got on the board on a Dumes trifecta. It is the 10th time this season that Dumes has scored the game's first field goal and the eighth time that he has used a three for IU's first bucket.
Kyle Taber hit his only field goal and tied for the team lead with five rebounds in his final game in Assembly Hall. He also had two assists and a steal in 33 minutes.
Malik Story was strong off the bench, scoring 11 points on 5-for-12 shooting with two rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes. It is his third game in double figures this season.
Nick Williams was 4-for-7 for 11 points in the game and hit his only three-point attempt. He added two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Matt Roth went 3-for-6 from the field and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc in the game. He also hit both of his free-throw attempts and grabbed a rebound in 20 minutes.
After Tom Pritchard got called for two fouls in the first eight minutes, he was not whistled for a foul for the rest of the game. He added three rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 31 minutes.
Brett Finkelmeier hit his only shot and grabbed a rebound in his 17 minutes of action. He played an increased role due to an injury to Devan Dumes, who hit his only three before getting hurt three minutes into the game.
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