Indiana Falls to No. 10 Wisconsin, 77-67
March 3, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Verdell Jones III led three Hoosiers with 18 points, but it wasn't enough as No. 10 Wisconsin defeated Indiana, 77-67, on Senior Night in Assembly Hall.
Jones III netted 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. He also tallied five rebounds and two assists. Jordan Hulls scored 15 points and added three assists and two rebounds, while Christian Watford registered 13 points and four rebounds.
"I am proud of our effort, and I've said to the team today that I have blinders on; all I am looking for are guys that committed to doing everything they can defensively and on the boards, and believing that they can win," said head coach Tom Crean.
The Hoosiers (12-18, 3-14) took an early 6-2 lead in the opening three and half minutes only to see Wisconsin (23-6, 13-4) answer with a 14-5 run to take a 16-11 lead with 12:20 to go in the half. A layup from Will Sheehey at the 11:54 mark brought IU within three and sparked a 13-9 IU run that kept the Hoosiers within one, 25-24, with 4:48 on the clock. A 3-pointer from Jordan Taylor gave the Badgers a four-point edge as they went on to outscore IU, 7-4 in last four minutes of the half to take a 32-28 lead into the break.
Wisconsin opened the second half outscoring Indiana, 10-5, to increase its lead to eight, 41-33, with 16:45 on the clock. However, the Hoosiers fought back with a 12-4 run to come within one of Wisconsin, 46-45, with 11:37 to go in the game. The Badgers answered, outscoring IU, 17-5, to take their largest lead, 63-50, with 6:19 remaining. A jumper from Jeremiah Rivers stopped the run, but the Badgers went on to maintain at least a six-point lead en route to the 77-67 win.
Hulls sank 6-of-11 from the field, with a 3-pointer, and extended his current free throws made streak to 37 after making 2-of-2. Watford made 3-of-5 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
The Hoosiers fell short to the Badgers on the boards, 30-25, despite outscoring Wisconsin in the paint, 26-20. Indiana shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field on the game and 80.8 percent (21-of-26) from the charity stripe.
Indiana returns to action on Saturday, March 5, when it takes on Illinois in Champaign at Noon ET on the Big Ten Network.
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