Hoosiers Edge IUPUI, 60-57
Nov. 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - An errant three by IUPUI's Alex Young with three seconds left followed by a pair of free throws from Daniel Moore with 1.2 seconds on the clock preserved a 60-57 win for Indiana Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Jaguars fall to 1-2.
Even after Moore's free throws, IUPUI had one last gasp but Tom Pritchard blocked Leroy Nobles' three-point attempt as time expired.
"I don't think you can describe what winning this way does for our confidence," said head coach Tom Crean. "This is one of those things where we have to learn from our experiences. We had to find a way to win the game, and the guys were listening and found a way to do that. We beat a really high quality opponent. Any win is just a monstrous achievement for us right now."
Pritchard led Indiana with 19 points and the Hoosiers needed every one of them for the second victory of the Tom Crean era. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked two shots.
Matt Roth added 12 points, going 4 of 9 from three-point range. Devan Dumes had 10 points, while Nick Williams just missed out on a double-double with 10 points and nine boards. In addition to his two free throws in the waning seconds, Moore contributed six assists.
"IUPUI is a good team," Pritchard said. "They played strong. They are a little more physical than our first game. It was a challenge, but we rebounded better than before. I'm happy with the win."
Young and John Ashworth were the leading scorers for the Jaguars with 15 points each, along with 12 from Robert Glenn.
Despite the tight affair, Indiana never trailed in the second half, taking a 43-40 lead on Kyle Taber's three-point bucket with 13:26 to play. IUPUI would come within one point on six different occasions but could never get the bucket it needed.
Trailing by 11 at the break, IUPUI opened the second half with an 18-7 run, capped off by a three-pointer from Ashworth that tied the game at 38 with less than six minutes gone.
Treys from Taber and Roth allowed IU to build its lead to 46-42 lead but the Jaguars continued to hang around, never letting the Hoosiers get too far out of their reach.
A put-back from Pritchard made it 54-51 in favor of the Hoosiers as the clock hit six minutes to play. Pritchard put home a hook shot to give IU a 56-52 cushion, but IUPUI came right back with a three from Nobles to make it a one-point affair.
Indiana was off to a slow start, opening the game 0-for-7 from the field as the Jaguars took an early 6-0 lead. Dumes got IU on the board with a three at 15:58 to cut the lead in half.
Despite the Hoosiers' troubles from the field, it was just a two-point game with 11:34 remaining in the first half as IUPUI led 11-9.
Indiana took its first lead of the game at 11:02 after a deep three from Roth created a one-point advantage.
IUPUI would go back up by as many as six until a 19-2 IU run over the final 7:29 of the half made it 31-20 at the break. Roth had a pair of three pointers and Pritchard contributed five points during the span. Defensively the Hoosiers held the Jaguars without a field goal (0-11) over the course of the run.
Pritchard and Roth led Indiana with nine points each at the break. Williams had six points and six rebounds. IU was 11 of 29 (38 percent) from the field, including 4 of 16 (25 percent) from three-point range.
IUPUI connected on just 26 percent (8-31) of its first-half shots and went just 2 of 10 from beyond the arc.
Indiana is off until Nov. 24 when it faces Notre Dame in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
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