Indiana Tops Chattanooga, 78-53
Nov. 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Victor Oladipo led three Hoosiers in double-digits with a career-high 21 points en route to a 78-53 win over Chattanooga in the first game of the Hoosier Invitational in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Junior Jordan Hulls netted 18 points and senior Verdell Jones III added 16 points in the win. Freshman Cody Zeller tallied seven points, five rebounds and six steals, becoming the first Hoosier with six or more takeaways in a game since Earl Calloway had six against San Diego State on March 18, 2006. Zeller's six steals are the most ever by a Hoosier freshman in a game.
"I thought our defense was very good," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "Obviously the numbers reflect that. That is the second-best defensive effort we have ever had at Indiana and we had 66 deflections in the game."
After trading the lead six times in the first 15-plus minutes of the first half, a pair of free throws from Oladipo ignited an 11-0 IU run that included back-to-back 3-pointers from Hulls, giving the Hoosiers (2-0) a 36-24 lead at halftime.
Indiana opened the second half with a 16-5 run, making it a 27-5 run that elapsed 11:20 of game time from the 4:53 mark in the first half to the 13:33 mark in the second half. The Hoosiers locked down on defense, holding the Mocs (0-1) without a field goal for 7:06 in the second stanza and just seven field goals in the half.
IU held Chattanooga to just 27 percent (17-of-63) from the field on the game and scored 30 points off of the Mocs' 25 turnovers. The Hoosiers shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the field on the game.
Oladipo sank 6-of-9 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw line, with a 3, for his 21 points and added five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
"He has worked very hard on his offensive game," added Crean. "There is no question about that. He is one of the most diligent workers in terms of time spent in the gym I have been around as both an assistant and head coach. The greatest thing about that last two days is his defensive presence has created his offense. He tied a career high last game and set a career high today."
Hulls made 6-of-9 from beyond the arc for his 18 points and recorded three assists. Jones III made 5-of-7 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe for his 16 points. He added four steals, three rebounds and two assists.
The Hoosiers return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 16 when they visit Evansville at 8 p.m. ET. Wednesday's game will be aired live on ESPN3 and the IU Radio Network.
"I like our energy, our maturity, and the quick turnaround," said Crean. "We all know it gets a lot more difficult, which is a vast understatement. It is going to be very difficult on Wednesday night to go down to Evansville and play their team"
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