Hoosiers Fall Ole Miss In Puerto Rico, 89-71
Nov. 19, 2009
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-Indiana started off strong, but Ole Miss was able to use a 30-5 run to create a cushion as the Rebels defeated the Hoosiers, 89-71, in the first round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff Thursday in San Juan. Indiana, 2-1, will now face Boston University, 0-3, an 80-70 loser to Kansas State. Tomorrow's game will tip-off at 6 p.m. Eastern time, and the contest will not be available on television.
"We made too many mistakes to win the game, said IU Coach Tom Crean. "They were more physical and we didn't do a great job of playing through that. But at the same time we did make some really good plays and stayed aggressive. We had 53 deflections and 24 offensive rebounds. We got to the foul line, but did't take advantage of it."
With the game tied at 11-11 with 16:44 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers went on a 9-0 run to build a 20-11 lead, thanks in large part to back-to-back layups by junior Jeremiah Rivers who finished with a collegiate career-high 14 points.
Ole Miss, who is receiving votes in both the AP and ESPN Coaches Poll, scored the next 14 points and led 25-20 with 9:02 remaining in the half. The Rebels led by as many as 16 points at 41-25 with 3:51 before halftime, but IU was able to cut it to single digits and trailed 45-36 at intermission.
"We got out to a quick start, but these guys play at a high level and a lot of our team is seeing this for the first time," said Rivers. "I am proud of the way we kept fighting. The nice thing is we come out tomorrow."
The Hoosiers did not go away in the second half either. Thanks to Jones who had 10 of his 17 points in the second half, Iu scored the first four points of the second half to cut it to 45-40. However, Ole Miss led 67-52 with 7:55 to go, but a Rivers layup with 5:53 to go, cut the lead to 69-61, but Indiana could get no closer.
"We get to come back in 24 hours and play a game and that is what is good about these tournaments," added Crean. "I think the coaches learn a great deal on these trips, but not nearly as much as the players do."
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