Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Grace College
Nov. 4, 2009
Indiana Postgame Notes Indiana vs. Grace College (Exhibition) Nov. 9, 2009 Tonight marked the first-ever meeting between Indiana University and Grace College and opened the 110th season of IU basketball.
This is the sixth campaign the Hoosiers have opened the season with exhibition games against NCAA Division II or III schools. Indiana improved to 10-0 all-time in those games.
The Hoosiers starting five consisted of junior guard Jeremiah Rivers, sophomore guard Verdell Jones III, freshman guard Maurice Creek, sophomore forward Tom Pritchard and freshman forward Christian Watford.
Indiana finished the first half on a 6-0 run to enter the break with a 42-36 edge.
The Hoosiers recorded 21 assists on their 35 field goals.
IU showed off its newfound depth as six Hoosiers played over 20 minutes and nine tallied 10-plus minutes. Overall, 13 players saw the floor.
The depth showed as Indiana dominated with 38 points off the bench to Grace's 11.
The Hoosiers return to the court for their second and final exhibition games against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) on Monday, Nov. 9. Indiana kicks off the regular season when it hosts Howard on Friday, Nov. 13.
Holding a 46-44 lead at the 17:04 mark, the Hoosiers went on a 27-11 over 9:13 to build an 18-point advantage.
Six Hoosiers posted double figures, led by freshman Christian Watford's 19.
Indiana outrebounded Grace, 49-36, and held a 21-12 edge on the offensive glass. The Hoosiers outscored the Lancers 58-34 in the paint and held a 17-7 advantage in second-half points.
IU shot 75.9 percent from the foul line, converting 22 of its 29 opportunities.
Freshman Christian Watford posted a double-double as he finished with game highs in points (19) and rebounds (11).
Sophomore Tom Pritchard also reach double digits with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes.
Junior Jeremiah Rivers added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He dished out three assists and collected two steals.
Sophomore Verdell Jones III played a team-high 27 minutes and poured in 10 points with a game-high eight assists and two steals.
Freshman Jordan Hulls scored 14 points with three assists and three steals in 21 minutes. He missed just one shot on 5-of-6 from the floor, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the foul line.
Freshman Derek Elston provided a big boost of the bench with 10 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, to go along with seven boards in 17 minutes.
Sophomore Matt Roth contributed seven points in 13 minutes.
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