Postgame Notes - Florida Gulf Coast at Indiana
Nov. 13, 2010
Indiana Postgame Notes Nov. 12, 2010
The Hoosiers have now won 13 straight season openers and it is the 26th consecutive home opening win.
Indiana shot 52.6 percent from the field against Florida Gulf Coast, the first time they have shot over 50 percent from the floor since Dec. 29, 2009, against Bryant.
Continuing a trend under head coach Tom Crean, the Hoosiers were a force on the offensive boards, collecting 17 in the game on Friday. Last year the Hoosiers had 10 or more offensive rebounds in 22 of 31 games.
The 22 assists match a single-game high under head coach Tom Crean, equaling the total handed out on Dec. 19, 2009, against North Carolina Central. The Hoosiers 22 assists came on 30 made baskets.
The 46 points Indiana scored in the first half were the third-most in a half under Tom Crean. It was the most since a 47-point outburst in the first half on Feb. 4, 2010 against Purdue in Assembly Hall. The most points scored in a half under Tom Crean is 51 against Chaminade on Nov. 26, 2008 at the EA Sports Maui Classic.
Indiana made 14 three-point field goals against the Eagles on Friday night, it marked the second consecutive regular season game that the Hoosiers have made at least 10 three-point field goals dating back to the regular season finale in Assembly Hall on March 6, 2010, against Northwestern when Indiana went 10-for-23.
The 14 made three-point field goals are the most since Indiana drained 15 triples against Ohio State in Assembly Hall on Jan. 31, 2009.
Sophomore forward Christian Watford set a new career high with 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting. He was also 7-for-9 from the free throw line, grabbed five rebounds and had four assists, also a career high.
Sophomore guard Jordan Hulls was 6-for-9 from behind the arc for all 18 of his points. He added three assists as well in his 22 minutes of action.
Sophomore Maurice Creek was the third Hoosier to reach double figures with 13 points and grabbing three rebounds.
Junior guard Verdell Jones III, playing for the first time this season after an ankle injury kept him out of the exhibition games, scored seven points and had two assists.
Sophomore forward Derek Elston poured in seven points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out two assists and had two steals in 18 minutes for the Hoosiers.
Senior guard Jeremiah Rivers stuffed the stat sheet with two points, three assists and three steals.
Freshman guard Victor Oladipo scored five points and grabbed four rebounds in 15 minutes.
Freshman forward Jeff Howard made his IU debut and went 1-for-2 from the free throw line for his first career point while also grabbing two rebounds in three minutes.
Freshman Will Sheehey first points came on a nifty reverse layup that he made while being fouled. He went on to make the free throw for his first collegiate points and added a rebound and an assist.
Taylor Wayer first points came on a long three point field goal with just over one minute remaining.
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