Nov. 15, 2012
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Indiana defeated Sam Houston State, 99-45, in game two of the Bloomington Regional Round in the Progressive Legends Classic.
The Indiana Hoosiers have won each of their first 3 games by at least 25 points for the first time since the 1979-80 season (courtesy ESPN Stats Info).
The 54-point margin of victory is the fourth largest in school history and the second largest in the Tom Crean era (57 points vs. Howard on Dec. 19, 2011).
IU scored 52 points in the first half, the most in a half this season and the most since the Hoosiers scored 54 points in the first half against Iowa on January 29 last season.
The Hoosiers shot 60.0 percent from the floor in the first half, reaching the plateau for the first time this season. The Hoosiers shot 60 percent or better in 11 halves in 2011-12. Indiana has shot 50 percent or better in five of six halves this season.
The Hoosiers had 22 second-chance points in the game on 16 offensive rebounds, both season highs. The 22 second-chance points are the most since IU had 23 against Iowa on Jan. 29, 2012. The offensive boards are the most since grabbing 16 against Penn State on March 8, 2012 in the Big Ten Tournament.
Indiana had 41 points off the bench. The Hoosiers are averaging 39.33 points per game off the bench this season.
IU got 38 points in the paint and is averaging 35.33 points per game in the paint this season.
Indiana held the Bearkats to 30.2 percent shooting from the field and just 28.0 percent from the floor in the second half, both season lows for IU opponents.
The Hoosiers scored 29 points off turnovers, forcing 19 Bearkat turnovers in the game. The 29 points is the most off turnovers for IU since scoring 30 off 23 turnovers against Stetson on December 4, 2011. Indiana is averaging 24.33 points per game off turnovers and is forcing 17.66 turnovers a game this season.
Senior Jordan Hulls finished with 10 points, moving his career total to 1,000. He reached 1,000 career points with a made three-point shot with 7:02 remaining the game to become Indiana's 44th 1,000-point scorer all-time. Hulls added five assists five rebounds and zero turnovers.
Hulls' third trifecta got him to 1,000 points and was also the 180th made 3-pointer of his career. He is now tied with Kyle Hornsby for sixth on IU's all-time list of made threes.
Christian Watford had 23 points, including 11 in the first half and 12 in the second half, coming off the bench. The senior has scored 10+ 73 times in his career and twice this season. He eclipsed the 20-point mark for the first time this season and the 11th time in his career. Watford ranks 25th on the career scoring list at Indiana with 1,331 points, and is five points shy of Ted Kitchel in 24th.
Watford's 23 points are the most for a Hoosier off the bench since Matt Roth scored 29 against Ohio State on January 31, 2009.
Watford finished 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. He was also the last Hoosier to go 10-for-10 or better from the free throw line, making all 10 freebies against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament last season.
Sophomore Cody Zeller scored 13 points. The sophomore hauled in seven rebounds as well, including five off the offensive glass.
Zeller added a pair of blocks for the third-straight game. He had multiple blocks in 12 games blocked 42 shots in 36 games as a freshman and. He is averaging two per game in 2012-13.
Zeller took the first 3-point attempt of his career at the 19:06 mark in the first half.
Junior Will Sheehey got the 19th start of his career and his first of the year (last start vs. Kentucky 3/23/12). Sheehey scored 18 points, including 10 in the first half. Sheehey has reached double-figures 18 times in his career and twice this season. The junior added five boards, two assists and a steal.
Junior Victor Oladipo scored 14 points and added seven rebounds, a career-high four steals and five assists. He recorded four takeaways for the second-straight game and the fourth time in his career.
Oladipo moved his career total to 647 points, surpassing Armon Bassett to move to 79th on IU's all-time scorers list.
Freshman Yogi Ferrell had seven assists, matching his career high. He added three points and three rebounds.
Sophomore Austin Etherington had six points, a steal and a rebound in 11 minutes.
Freshman Jeremy Hollowell had six rebounds, including four off the offensive glass. He added four points.
Junior Maurice Creek had five points to go with an assist and a steal.