Indiana Wins Exhibition Nail-Biter in Overtime Against Ferris State
Nov. 8, 2010
Bloomington, Indiana - Indiana held Division II Ferris State to one field goal in a 14-minute span in the second half, rallied from a 13-point deficit with 7:30 to go, and used an 18-0 run in regulation and overtime to pull out a 78-65 win over the Bulldogs in Assembly Hall, Monday night.
"We can't play without great energy, great effort, great enthusiasm, and then really solid execution,said IU Coach Tom Crean. That's what we've got to learn how to do and it's going to take a while to do it."
Ferris State took a 24-23 lead with 6:53 left and led until Indiana freshmen Victor Oladipo hit a four-point play with 10 seconds left to make it 61-61. The Bulldogs appeared to have an edge when guard Kenny Brown blew past the IU defense for a layup but Oladipo went high to block the shot out of bounds. With 1.4 seconds left, Jerrell Sanders took the inbounds pass near the free throw line, dribbled and hit a shot, but officials looked at the tv monitor and determined the shot was a 10th of a second tardy.
From there, the Hoosiers scored the first 12 points of overtime to pull away in their final tuneup before opening the season Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast.
"It's all part of it, but the bottom line for those guys tonight is that they kept going," said Crean. "I love the fact that a young team, young in the fact that they haven't won and probably chronologically too, but young in the fact that they haven't won, there was no panic over there. I loved it. I loved it and that's something we have to build on too. This will come back to help us some day. I hope it's on the road and not at home, but there's no guarantee."
Ferris State shot 59.8 percent to 35.7 percent for IU in the first half and led 35-32 at halftime. IU tried to mount a threat, but actually shot worse in the second half at 28.1 percent. What kept the Hoosiers in the game was a defense that forced 15 second half turnovers and a stellar performance from the free throw line making 23 of 28 foul attempts. Ferris State made 20 of 38 foul shots and two misses with 19 seconds allowed IU another chance to cut the deficit when Oladipo hit a triple and was fouled.
Coach Crean came away very impressed with the Bulldogs.
"That team right there, that team's good enough to win a lot of games," said Crean. Indianapolis beat Tennessee tonight by 15, Bellarmine beat Xavier. They're in the same league where Grand Valley beat Michigan State a couple of years ago. Bill Sall's a very good coach. He has a great coach on his staff in Ed Douma. They were so much better tonight than what they were in their first exhibition tape and really from what we saw last year. I was nervous when we took this game because I know what kind of program it is. I grew up 45-50 minutes away from that school and my nervousness was justified. I'm glad we learned a lot in this game."
Sophomore Christian Watford led the Hoosiers with 25 points, making all 12 of his free throw attempts, and sophomore Maurice Creek had 15 points and six rebounds. Freshman Victor Oladipo had 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
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