Defense Leads Hoosiers in 67-44 Win Over Wright State
Nov. 14, 2010
Bloomington, Indiana - Indiana's effort on the defensive end held Wright State to 19 first half points and 32.6% shooting for the game as the Hoosiers improved to 2-0 after a 67-44 victory over Wright State, Sunday night in Assembly Hall.
"I was really proud of our defensive effort tonight, without a doubt," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "There were so many times in the game where we could have backed away a little bit because the offense wasn't in flow, we weren't getting easy things, we had turnovers, but we never got our head down, especially on the defensive end. We continued to play at a really high level with that."
Junior Verdell Jones III led the Hoosiers with 27 points. He made 11 of 14 field goal attempts and added six rebounds and three steals.
"If we can get six rebounds a game from Verdell, I will be extremely happy," said Crean. "I'm proud of our guys. Verdell (Jones III), I was concerned it may take a little time for him to get back in the flow, especially after the other night, but he blew that theory out of the water."
Sophomore Christian Watford had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth career double double as IU outrebounded the visiting Raiders, 40-20. The plus 20-margin on the boards was the highest for a Tom Crean-coached team at Indiana. In addition, the Hoosiers also shot 60.0% from the field and the 19 points allowed in the first half also were top performances for IU since Crean took over before the 2008-09 season.
"I thought Christian (Watford) continued to play really well tonight in a grind it out game," said Crean. "We had foul issues, but our guys never really got down. Our plus-minus, again, was very, very high. As I said the other night, when we come in you have to ask yourself two questions, did you win and did you impact the game and we had a lot of guys impact it on that plus-minus, which meant we got a lot of really positive contributions inside of the game."
In the second half, the Hoosiers scored the first five points to up the lead to 37-21. However, the Raiders would make one last challenge and cut the lead to 39-30 with 13:28. Both teams were scoreless for close to three minutes when the Hoosiers went on a 15-1 run and never looked back, leading 54-31 with 5:57 left in the game.
Sophomore Maurice Creek would add nine points and three boards after being limited to 16 points with foul trouble. Oladipo had six points and two steals.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Tuesday night, when they host Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m., in Assembly Hall. MVSU is coming off a narrow 72-70 loss at Georgia on Friday night.
Wright State built a 9-4 lead, but IU would take its first lead on a triple by Jones, 11-10, with 9:39 to go. IU would increase its lead to 19-10 on a free throw by sophomore Bobby Capobianco with 7:10 remaining in the half. Freshman Victor Oladipo would get a steal and a layup with one second left in the half as IU led 30-19 at halftime.
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