Postgame Notes - Mississippi Valley State at Indiana
Nov. 16, 2010
Indiana Postgame Notes
Indiana improved to 3-0 on the year with the win. It is the first 3-0 start for the Hoosiers under head coach Tom Crean and the first since the 2007-08 season (4-0 start).
Mississippi Valley State shot 34.0 percent from the floor. It is the third straight game IU's defense has held its opponent under 35 percent. Indiana did three times all of last season and just five times in Tom Crean's first two seasons.
The Hoosiers pulled down 16 offensive boards, the second time this season they recorded at least 15. IU had 17 against Florida Gulf Coast. Indiana has reached 10-plus offensive boards 42 times in two-plus season under Tom Crean.
Mississippi Valley State turned the ball over 23 times. It is the second time an Indiana opponent has turned the ball over 20-plus times (Florida Gulf Coast, 22).
The Hoosiers trailed 19-15 with 8:06 remaining the first half but embarked on a 16-4 run over the next 9:54 to take a 31-23 lead.
Indiana trailed 23-22 with 3:36 left in the first half but a 27-3 run over the next 13:09 to take a 49-26 lead with 10:27 left in second half.
From 18:12 in the second half to 7:57, Mississippi Valley State was held without a field goal by the IU defense.
Indiana hit 20 free throws for the first time this year and the 12th time under Tom Crean.
The last time IU recorded 20 made free throws and 10 steals in a game was against Northwestern on March 6, 2010, when the team made 20 and stole 10.
Christian Watford finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. He hit all eight of his free throws and added three assists in 29 minutes. Watford has scored 24, 17 and 18 in the first three games and 25 career double figure scoring games.
Will Sheehey posted season bests with nine points and five rebounds, including three offensive boards, in 11 minutes off the bench. Sheehey also collected two steals and an assist.
Victor Oladipo matched Sheehey with a career-high nine points to go along with three boards and one assist (first of career). He was a plus-30 in his 15 minutes.
Oladipo and Sheehey's nine points are the most for a Hoosier off the bench this season and propelled the Hoosiers to sheet in a team-high 33 minutes. He finished the evening with seven points, five assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Jeremiah Rivers pulled down a season-best six rebounds with one steal and one assists in 22 minutes.
Bobby Capobianco contributed a strong all-around effort. He scored six points with three rebounds and took two charges.
Daniel Moore made the most of his time, dropping in five points with an assist and steal in five minutes of action.
Tom Pritchard contributed two points and four rebounds. Derek Elson had three points, two rebounds and one steal.
Indiana also held advantage in points in the paint (30-12), points off turnovers (32-9), second-chance points (11-8) and fastbreak points (10-2).
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