Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. USC Upstate
Nov. 16, 2009
Indiana Game Notes Indiana vs. USC Upstate 11-16-09
Head Coach Tom Crean continues his quest for 200 career wins, as he is now 198-121 in his 11th year as a head coach.
After a slow start for the Hoosiers that saw them trailing the Spartans 9-4, IU went on a 12-0 run to turn a five-point deficit into a seven-point advantage. Over that span the Hoosier defense held USC Upstate to 0-for-6 from the floor and forced five Spartan turnovers.
The Hoosiers used a second run around halftime to push their lead to 11 points. Leading 24-23 with 4:05 to play in the first, IU went on a 16-4 surge to take a 40-27 edge at the 16:35 mark of the second.
Indiana dominated the offensive boards, grabbing 15 rebounds on the offensive end to just seven for USC Upstate. The Hoosiers turned those 15 boards into 16 second chance points to own that category 16-6.
Freshman Christian Watford had his second double-double in as many games, posting 17 points and 10 rebounds. It is the second year in a row that an IU frosh has started his career with two double-doubles (Tom Pritchard last year). Watford and Pritchard are the only two freshmen in school history to have started their careers in that manner.
Freshman Derek Elston had another big day for the Hoosiers off the bench, scoring 10 points and adding a career-best eight rebounds in 24 minutes. After going 6-for-7 in his Indiana debut, he went 4-for-6 on Monday for a career .769 shooting percentage.
Maurice Creek had another fine day from the floor, shooting 5-for-7, including a 2-for-2 mark from beyond the arc. He finished in double figures for the second straight game, scoring 14 points in just 19 minutes of action.
Through two college games, the freshman trio of Creek, Elston and Watford has been impressive on the offensive end. The trio is averaging an aggregate 41.0 points per game and has shot a whopping .681 from the floor. The three have also gone 9-for-13 (.692) from behind the arc on the year.
Verdell Jones III had his first game in double figures on the 2009-10 campaign, scoring 13 points to go along with three steals and one assist. It marks the second straight game that IU has had three players finish in double figures.
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For the second straight game, IU had a strong presence in the paint. The Hoosiers scored 38 of their 69 points from inside the key after scoring 50 of 83 in the paint against Howard.
Jeremiah Rivers had five assists in the game, his best total in an IU uniform. Rivers finished with two points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 31 minutes.
Jordan Hulls played a strong role in his second game as a Hoosier, scoring four points with one rebound and a steal in 18 minutes. Hulls' lone basket was a three as the shot clock expired to send the Assembly Hall crowd into a frenzy.
Devan Dumes scored just two points in 20 minutes, but grabbed five defensive boards in the game. He also had an assist and a steal.
Tom Pritchard hit his only field goal and went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, but was limited to 10 minutes due to foul trouble in finishing with four points.
Monday's game was the first meeting between the Hoosiers and Spartans. IU is now 3-1 against the Atlantic Sun Conference all-time.
The Hoosiers now head to the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff for a Thursday date with Ole Miss at 5:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
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