Boston University Rallies To Defeat Indiana, 71-67
Nov. 20, 2009
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--Despite holding a lead for more than 36 minutes, the Indiana University men's basketball team could not put away Boston University, and the Terriers rallied for a 71-67 win in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff Friday night.
"Our lack of experienced leadership of knowing what it takes to continue to play harder and tougher longer caught us," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "We have good young players and players who are growing, but until they get older and until they understand the physicality of this game and until they understand that the margin for error at any time you play anybody at the Division I level is very, very small. Anybody!"
The Hoosiers looked poised facing a team which featured eight seniors and is the preseason favorite to win the America East Conference. Freshman Maurice Creek carried the Hoosiers in the first half hitting 17 of Indiana's first 25 points as the Hoosiers built a 27-18 lead with 6:29 to go in the half. However, he would not score again.
"I was able to get some open shots early, but they made some adjustments defensively and I couldn't get them to fall," said Creek.
BU, who shot just 20% from the floor in the first half, managed to stay in the game thanks to 16 of 21 shooting from the free throw line, while IU could make just five of 10 in the first half. The Terriers cut the IU advantage to 31-29 before senior Devan Dumes hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give IU a 34-29 halftime advantage.
Indiana started the second half on a 6-0 run to make it 40-31 with 16:37 to go after a layup by Jeremiah Rivers. BU would rally to cut the lead to 46-45 with 12:05 left, but a 6-0 Hoosier run, keyed by two layups by sophomore Verdell Jones III pushed the advantage to 52-45 with 10:19 left.
The Terriers would once again whittle the lead to 54-52, but the Hoosiers built a 59-52 advantage with 5:50 to go.
Three-pointers by Corey Lowe and John Holland would fuel the BU comeback and BU would take the lead for good on free throws by Jake O'Brien with 2:19 left.
"We can't play 30 or 35 minutes, we have to play the full 40," said Jones III. "I think there was miscommunication between us they got good looks late in the game. We all have to take responsibility."
Indiana had two chances to tie the game in the closing seconds but three-point attempts by Creek and Jones III could not hit the mark.
BU outrebounded Indiana 52-32 and went to the line 40 times. They also had 19 second chance points to the Hoosiers 3.
"We got beat by 20 on the boards and by 15 on the foul line and that is the game," Crean added. "There is going to be a lot of excitement in year two and there will be a lot of pot holes as well. Without a doubt, we are making strides, but until we understand how physical these games are and how important position and technique are with regards to squeezing basketballs. I've been coaching since I was 19 and I have never seen a team be unable to grab the basketball like we did tonight.
Indiana will take on George Mason in the final game of the tournament Sunday at 10:30 a.m., eastern time.
Jones III added 14 points and six assists and Rivers would have 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.
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