Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Ole Miss (Puerto Rico)
Nov. 19, 2009
Indiana Postgame Notes
The Hoosiers broke an 11-11 tie with 16:43 left in the first half and went on a 9-1 run over the next 5:02 to take a 20-12 lead. During the run, Indiana was 4-for-5 from the field and forced Ole Miss into 0-for-10 shooting from the floor.
Indiana then closed out the final 3:13 of the first half on a 9-2 run and then scored four unanswered points in the first 30 seconds of the second half to complete a 13-2 run and cut the Ole Miss lead to just 45-40.
This was the first meeting between IU and Ole Miss, and Indiana is 52-35 all-time against SEC schools and 29-6 against SEC schools other than Kentucky.
Indiana now has an all-time record in regular season tournaments of 157-38.
Coach Crean is just two wins away from 200 in his head coaching career, as he checks in with a 198-122 (.619) overall record in his 11th season.
The Hoosiers had 11 players see the court and each of them grabbed at least one rebound, led by Tom Pritchard's eight boards.
Indiana was relentless on the offensive boards, pulling down 24 in the game, which is the most under head coach Tom Crean. The 43 total rebounds is also the most under coach Crean and the most since March 9, 2008 when the Hoosiers had 45 at Penn State.
Indiana had 10 steals in the game, the second straight game they have reached double figures in steals after coming away with 11 against USC Upstate.
Freshman guard Maurice Creek had a career-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. Creek is now shooting 57.6 percent (19-33) from the floor on season.
Sophomore guard Verdell Jones III poured in 17 points, 10 in the second half, on 8-of-15 shooting from the field. His eight field goals made is a career high for the sophomore from Champaign, Ill.
Redshirt junior Jeremiah Rivers set a new career high against the Rebles with his 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field and a pair of made free throws. His previous high of nine came on Dec. 1, 2007 against Fairfield as a member of the Georgetown Hoyas.
Sophomore Tom Pritchard scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes.
Freshman forward Christian Watford had five points and five rebounds in 23 mintues while adding an assist and a blocked shot.
Senior Devan Dumes had five points, a blocked shot and two steals in 15 minutes of action off the bench.
Freshman spark plug off the bench Derek Elston had three points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal in 17 minutes.
Freshman Jordan Hulls had one point, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 12 minutes.
Indiana will now take on the loser of Boston University/Kansas State at 6:00 p.m. on Friday in Puerto Rico.
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