Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Northwestern State
Nov. 15, 2008
Indiana vs. Northwestern State
* This was Indiana head coach Tom Crean's first victory as head coach of the Hoosiers and his eighth consecutive win in opening games to begin the season (won his last seven season openers at Marquette).
* With the win, Tom Crean becomes the ninth straight head coach in IU history to win his first game as head coach of the Hoosiers. Those coaches include Branch McCracken (1938) Harry C. Good (1943), Lou Watson (1966), Jerry Oliver (1970), Bob Knight (1972), Mike Davis (2000), Kelvin Sampson (2006), Dan Dakich (2008) and Crean (2008).
* Crean now has a career record of 191-96 as a head coach and 1-0 at Indiana. Indiana has now won 24 consecutive home openers, and the Hoosiers' 11th straight season opener overall.
* Indiana forced 17 first half turnovers and 30 for the game. That is the most turnovers the Hoosiers have forced since they forced 26 on Nov. 20, 2007 against UNC Wilmington in Assembly Hall.
* Indiana drew 35 fouls against Northwestern State in the game, the most since they drew 29 against Tennessee State on Dec. 3, 2007.
* Indiana registered 15 steals in the game, the first time they have done that since Feb. 11, 2001 against Michigan.
* The Hoosiers are now 2-0 all-time against opponents from the Southland Conference.
* Junior guard Devan Dumes led all scorers with 21 points connecting on 6 of 10 field goals and hitting 4 of 8 three point shots in 25 minutes of play.
* Freshman Verdell Jones III scored 18 points with five assists and three blocks in 25 minutes of action.
* Freshman Matt Roth had nine points and two steals off the bench.
* Senior Kyle Taber scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds to begin his final season as a Hoosier.
* Freshman Nick Williams led the Hoosiers in playing 28 minutes. Williams finished with six points and eight caroms.
* Freshman Daniel Moore came off the bench to contribute six points and three assists in 15 minutes of play.
* Freshman Malik Story scored his first career field goal and added three points and four assists.
* Sophomore Brett Finkelmeier recorded career highs in 10 minutes of play and four rebounds. He played 11 minutes all of last season.
The Hoosiers had five freshmen on the floor at 11:44 of the first half (Pritchard, Williams, Jones III, Moore and Story)
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