Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Penn State (Big Ten Tournament)
March 10, 2011
The Hoosiers still lead the all-time series with the Nittany Lions, 28-9 and are 1-2 in games played at the Big Ten Tournament against Penn State.
Indiana is now 71-17 all-time in games played in Indianapolis.
The 48.9 percent that the Hoosiers shot from the field is the best in the last five games. They shot 50 percent against Northwestern on Feb. 19.
Indiana outshot Penn State in the first half (42.9 to 40.9) and the second half (54.2 to 50.0).
Christian Watford led the Hoosiers with 15 points and was one of ten IU players to score in the game.
It marked the 48th time in two seasons that Watford has reached double figures in the scoring column in a game.
In two games prior against Penn State, Watford had scored a total of 14 points but topped that with his 15-point outburst on Thursday.
Watford also finished the season shooting 84.3 percent at the stripe, the best single-season percent since Marshall Strickland shot 89.0 percent in 2005-06.
The 10 steals in the game for Indiana is the fifth time they have had 10 or more steals in a game and the first time since Dec. 19, 2010 against South Carolina State.
The Hoosiers committed just 10 turnovers in the game and forced 11 Penn State miscues, the 17th time this season that the turnover battle had either been tied or in IU's favor.
Indiana allowed Penn State to take a 8-0 lead in the first 2:30 of the game. However, the Hoosiers rallied back to go on a 15-1 run over the next 5:45 and take a 15-9 lead.
Verdell Jones III finished with seven points in the game to increase his career total to 1,122 and finish the season in 33rd place on the Indiana career scoring list.
Jordan Hulls connected for nine points in the game and added five assists. The five helpers are the most for him since Feb. 2, against Minnesota when he had six assists.
Senior Jeremiah Rivers played his final collegiate game and did what he does best and that is play an all-around game. He his a 3-point field goal for the third straight game as part of his five points and also matched his career high with four steals.
Freshman Victor Oladipo also played an good all-around game with eight points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes.
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