Indiana Edges LIU-Brooklyn, 73-72
Nov. 12, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Will Sheehey scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 left to lead Indiana past LIU-Brooklyn 73-72 in the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic on Tuesday.
"We played against a very good team, said IU Coach Tom Crean. "We played, and it was two different games. What was there for us was not what we needed today. That's why early on in the game we shot so many jump shots rather than really diving in to what the game was giving us. I think it's one of the biggest reasons we shot the ball so much better as the game went on even later into the second half."
The Hoosiers (2-0)trailed most of the night and survived largely because of Sheehey's late scoring binge. He tied the score at 70 with 2:43 to go, then hit another 3 to make it 73-70.
LIU-Brooklyn (1-1) had two chances to win it in the closing seconds, but Jason Brickman missed a layup. And after Indiana missed the front end of a one-and-one, Brickman's buzzer-beating 3-pointer came up short. Troy Joseph led the Blackbirds with 16 points.
Indiana hasn't lost at home to a non-conference foe since Dec. 22, 2009 when Loyola (Md.) beat the Hoosiers 72-67.
LIU-Brooklyn led for most of the night and dared the Hoosiers to knock down 3s throughout the second half by playing zone almost exclusively after the Hoosiers missed their last 15 3s in the first half.
And it worked right up until the end when Sheehey got hot.
Gilbert Parga and E.J. Reed each had 15 points for the Blackbirds, who forced the Hoosiers to play catch-up most of the night after they went on a 14-0 run to wipe out 10-4 Hoosiers lead.
The Hoosiers rallied late in the first half, closing to 36-33 at the half.
But Indiana played a much different game in the second half. By continually driving to the basket and dishing, the Hoosiers started getting easier baskets. They finally regained the lead when Sheehey knocked down a 15-footer with 17:33 to go.
LIU-Brooklyn refused to back down. It took a 50-46 lead with 13:05 and they were tied again with 10 minutes to go. It didn't swing until late when Hoosiers fans began celebrating after the second of Sheehey's back-to-back 3s. Brickman answered with two free throws and the Hoosiers hung on despite failing to score over the final 1:57.
"Down the road to have that happen in the second game it will absolutely be paramount to their future to get that," said Crean. "You know what, even if we had lost the game, there were experiences in there that were invaluable for them, but the bottom line is they found a way to win the game. And the other team was doing everything they could do to win it too."
The Hoosiers return to action Friday night to face Samford, coached by former Hoosier assistant Bennie Seltzer. Tip-off at Assembly Hall is 7 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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