Postgame Notes - Evansville at Indiana
Nov. 21, 2010
Indiana Postgame Notes
With the victory, Indiana improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Today was the first meeting between the two teams since Dec. 9, 1997. The Hoosiers hold a 6-0 record against the Purple Aces and own a 45-12 record against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Evansville shot 37.8 percent from the floor. The Hoosiers have not allowed an opponent to shoot over 40 percent this season. In addition, Indiana held the Purple Aces under 40 percent in both halves and have not allowed an opponent to break the 40-percent barrier in any 20 minutes this year.
UE held a 31-25 advantage at halftime, but the Hoosiers outscored the Purple Aces 42-23 in the second half to earn the 67-54 win. It marks the first time in the Tom Crean era that the Hoosiers have come back to win from a halftime deficit.
Evansville held a 39-34 lead with 16:05 remaining when Indiana went on a 22-0 run over the next 7:35. After a Purple Aces' bucket, the Hoosiers scored the next five points, giving them a 27-2 run overall over a 10:45 stretch.
Indiana shot 53.3 percent (24-of-45) from the floor and 50 percent in both halves. The Hoosiers hit 10-of-17 (58.8) in the opening 20 minutes and 14-of-28 (50.0) in the second half.
After not hitting a three-pointer in three attempts in the first half, the Hoosiers hit 4-of-7 from downtown in the second stanza.
IU held an advantage on the glass for the fourth time this season, 31-28.
The Hoosiers pulled down 10 offensive rebounds in the contest, the third time in four games they have reached double figures in that category and the 43rd time in the Tom Crean Era.
Indiana posted a 28-22 advantage in the paint, a 15-14 edge in points off turnovers and a 7-6 advantage in fastbreak points.
Watford finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. He has scored in double figures in all four games this season and 26 times in his career.
Creek finished with a game-high 19 points and hit 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in 29 minutes. The 19 points are his most since putting up 29 against North Carolina Central on Dec. 19, 2009. He had two points at halftime but came out on fire, hitting three straight three-point field goal attempts in the second half.
Jones III added 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting with three assists, three steals and a pair of rebounds in 30 minutes. It is his second game in double figures this year and his team-leading 41st in his career.
Pritchard poured in eight points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked a career-high five shots in 22 minutes. His eight points is a season high and his eight rebounds matched his output in the opener against Florida Gulf Coast.
Hulls played a team-high 32 minutes and collected three assists, three steals, two rebounds and one point.
Jeremiah Rivers led all Hoosiers with 21 minutes off the bench. He had three steals, two points, an assist, block and rebound.
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